Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris

What happens to all the stuff—cakes, dresses, whatnot—that don't get used in a big celeb wedding like Hugh Hefner's?
—G.S., via the inbox

Well, it doesn't get returned, that's for sure.

Whether Crystal Harris bothers to pick up her pink Cinderella-sugar-plum-fairy Romona Keveza gown is irrelevant: The confection, like the strawberry cake and the lavish meal and the flowers, has likely been paid in full.

And how much wasted cash were we likely talking?

I asked Harmony Walton, whose Bridal Bar wedding planning service helped deliver Kendra Wilkinson into the husbandly hands of Hank Baskett. Walton tells me that Hef and Harris may have scored a few freebies—that Keveza gown, perhaps—but the Playboy founder likely is still in the hole for, minimum, $250,000.

"Typically everything has been bought and paid for, in full, 14 days out," says Walton, who had no involvement in the botched Hef engagement or wedding plans. "There are never refunds on anything."

If Keveza hadn't gifted the gown to Harris, Walton estimates, Hef or Harris likely paid "$5,000 to $25,000" for that alone. The dress may simply be orphaned at the atelier, but, Walton says, some brides do retrieve their dresses and hold onto them for whenever they do wed. Yes, really.

Now, the rest of it.

"The costs for catering and location may have been slightly lower because they have their own in-house production staff," Walton posits, "but, really, the sky was probably the limit. If she, say, wanted fireworks, that could be an additional $30,000 off the bat. The budget easily could have gotten into the $750,000 to $1 million range."

So what might Hef do with all that prepaid cake and flora? Well, he did tweet that he might make a new plan for his un-wedding day.

"Since we're not getting married on Saturday, I've scheduled a movie: Runaway Bride," he wrote. "Seems appropriate."

If that's really the plan, Walton says, don't be shocked if Hef makes a party out of it, inviting many of the people who had planned on attending the wedding, and serving much of the fare that would have honored his nuptials.

"There is a good possibility that that strawberry cake still gets delivered and becomes the party dessert," Walton suspects. "After all, it's been paid for."

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