I completely hear you!!!
I am currently trying to convince my fiance that making our wedding cake is NOT a foolish thing to want to do!!!
(He has seen me work 8 hours straight on a Gordon the Train Cake that turned out GREAT!)
But a wedding cake does not have to be as complicated as a TRAIN to be beautiful! Your confetti cake idea is simply lovely! Elegant! Perfect
The wedding cake I plan on making is this one...
Roll out the fondant, Cover it, whip up some royal icing, Slap on a stencil, and you're done!
Add to the fact that I'm also conscripting help, (considering I also will have a dozen or so DIY's on the go too ), will make this one of the easier tasks. One of my girlfriends is an amazing baker, so she's baking the cake at her house, and whipping up some buttercream. I'm coming over with the fondant, royal icing, and stencil, and there you have a relaxing evening!
Trying to convince my fiance is the hard part! Same as your friends who want to take up a collection!!! Yes, if I wanted an over the top fun and quirky celebration cake, I'll hire someone, I don't have time. But for beautiful classic... it's really not that bad! (But please, continue with the collection... it'll go towards the dress!!! LOL)
Please post pics when it's all said and done! I'd love to see it!