Diane~ I'm so glad everything turned out ok for you & the wedding. If anyone wants a wedding cake & brings up what the mother paid I'd just tell them that it was a one time thing, like you said, it came from the heart~ They were in a bind because of a death & really needed help. You were there & helped them out. That you can't charge everyone that price because your not making anything from it.
I understand where your coming from because I'm doing the same thing with the wedding I'm doing in April. My 1st wedding!! I was only going to charge the mom (of the bride) $175. For a cake to feed 200. She had went to another decorator & she wanted $400 for the same cake... I guess the mom realized that that wasn't enough for me so she said she'd pay me $250. That was fine w/ me! I'm also doing the groom's cake & I charged $130. Plus I'm transporting the cakes 125 miles so I charged them a delivery fee. They groom's parents are old friends of my parents & I used to babysit the groom & his brother. So I wanted to help them out... a gift from the heart... Also I'm getting experience from this! From this wedding cake/groom's cake I have used all the money to buy more pans, supplies, cake boards, etc.... So I actually came out great in the end. Right now I'm just doing cakes here & there for family & friends. They pay me good! So everything goes back to buying pans & supplies. One day I hope to be able to open up a small shop & have a small business.
Doing good deeds like you did with this cake just gives you more jewels in your crown when you get to heaven!! And a bigger mansion!! LOL!!
~~~If you feel good about what you did then it was a good thing
Wipe the flour off your apron & pat yourself on the back!!!