The wedding registry for Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries is out, and money is of no object.
Among the requested goodies for what's sure to be a no-holds-barred wedding? A $6,500 Tourbillon black vase and a $1,115 Lalique New York-style clock, a source tells People. Even the ice tongs approach haute-couture prices, ringing in at $195.
The reality-TV show star and her beau may be lucky -- a pricey wedding isn't going to keep them from getting hitched. But for many couples, the cost of getting married can keep them from tying the knot.
Take a paper issued in 2009 as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research's Working Paper Series. It found that states which required couples to take blood tests before getting a marriage license -- a small, but significant, cost -- issued 5.7% fewer marriage licenses. Some couples get married out of state; others decide not to marry at all. The effect is even more pronounced among lower-income populations, the findings suggested.