Because it's not enough that we're expected to buy new earrings, necklaces, and sparkly hair clips for our wedding days, along with the wedding bands, someone wants to sell us Swarovski crystals to put on top of the cake. Cake-Jewelry.com has a showcase of exactly what the title says. You can get cake toppers (let's face it, they're cake toppers, just like Precious Moments) with various crystals, in monograms, with photographs of the couple or an "honored guest." (Because they're trying to expand into the anniversary party and sweet-sixteen party industries as well.)
There are no prices on this website. I figured it's one of those cases where if you have to ask, you can't afford it. A quick Google search will turn up their products for sale at other sites. The cheapest I saw was $25 for something called "Coastal Mist." (What the hell does that mean? It's a heart with seashells on it. Kindergardners could make it during craft time.) For $50 you get a Swarovski encrusted single letter. (Or you can get the bargain-priced partially encrusted single letter for only $40.) The one in the photo there is just over $100. (And those flowers aren't included. Apparently it's seven separate wires you stick into the top of the cake.) I found a couple that approached $200.
Does this seem a tad extravagant to anyone? Even for the fanciest of weddings... what do you do with it afterwards? I guess it's for those people that keep a cabinet over the mantle filled with the engraved champagne glasses and cake service set so they can remember the material parts of their wedding forever.
Crystals and frosting don't really seem like a classy combination to me.