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Does a Super-Expensive Wedding Cake Guarantee You'll Be Getting a Divorce?

Be very careful what you wish for...

The famous Chandelier wedding cake in the Sex and the City 2 movie involved 4100 Swarovski crystals, and took 50 people nine hours to put together. As the cake's creator Ron Ben-Israel reminisced to InStyle this week, the cake, which stood 6 feet 4 inches tall, was inspired by a dress the actress Mitzi Gaynor wore, a beaded Bob Mackie number. "We tried to give the illusion of cascading waterfalls," Ben-Israel told InStyle. Each of the crystals had to be strung by hand and attached to the cake.

Jealous? Wish you could afford a mic-drop cake like that for your wedding?

You might want to reconsider, even though Ben-Israel told the publication, by way of advice to couples planning their wedding: "Don’t go for the cheapest option. You only have one wedding and one wedding cake, so if you let somebody experiment with your wedding cake you may end up very disappointed."

As it turns out though, your undoubtedly cheaper-than-$32,000 cake might mean your wedding will actually last. Studies show that the more expensive the wedding, the bigger the chance of a divorce. As a PBS story last year pointed out, couples are now spending an average of $30,000 for their wedding, and that doesn't include the honeymoon. Spending more than $20,000 on your wedding means you're 3.5 times as likely to split up, according to an Emory University survey of 3,000 couples.

How to ensure better odds? Spend $1000 or less on your wedding, the survey says. And invite more people (which ups your odds of staying together). Hmm, tough math problem. So what kind of wedding cake can someone spring for with a budget like that? Instead of the Swarovski crystals, maybe a cake like this one is the answer. 

By the way, the cake in the photo at the top is from Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011. Cake cost: $80,000. Wedding: $34 million. And last we checked, they're still married...

 

 

 

 

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