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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' wedding registry: More money, fewer problems?

June 15, 2011|By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, in their first public appearance as an engaged couple, attend the charity Amber Lounge Fashion show in Monaco.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, in their first public appearance as… (Vincent Damourette / EPA )

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.

And even after getting married, money issues can still be deal-breakers. Some findings by Jeffrey Dew published in "The State of Our Unions" in 2009 by the University of Virginia found that couples who had $100,000 or more in assets at the beginning of a marriage were far more likely to stay together than those with just $10,000 in assets.

And it's not just how much you have, but how you spend it: A 1997 study in the Journal of Marriage and the Family found that one spouse thinking the other spent money "foolishly" increased the likelihood of divorce 45%.

So long as Humphries never minds Kardashian's love of Louboutins and she never minds him giving her rings with rocks bigger than Prince William gives Catherine, more money probably won't mean more problems. For the rest of us, though, here's a list of finance-related questions to ask before getting married.

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