Besides doing cakes I also do event planning as well and I have a client who is planning her wedding for next year and I am very up front with her and she had to increase her budget to get what she wants. Also I told her the more guests she invites the more everything else will go up. I think couples really don't realize how expensive it is to have a wedding these days.
I have seen weddings have 300 or 400 of their "closest" friends and family... do you really need that many people at your wedding??? Because I thought wedding for really for the bride and groom? My husband and I got married with one witness and when we renew our vows we are planning to invite people but you better believe it will not be hundreds of people there. They don't realize the more people, the bigger the cake the more expensive it is.