If you’re planning a wedding in the coming months, you might be looking on with apprehension as the cost of living continues to rise. With things like fuel and energy bills climbing ever higher, it’s a stressful time to tie the knot. But don’t worry! With a little careful planning, you can still enjoy the big day you’ve dreamed of — without breaking the bank.

First, consider the timing of your wedding. Of course, Saturdays during the summer holidays will be the most expensive time to hire a wedding car. Could you perhaps celebrate on a less popular day of the week? Or push your event back to the autumn, winter, or spring months? Choosing a non-peak time will significantly reduce the cost of everything, including your wedding car hire.

Next, think about how many vehicles you really need. Of course, it’s tempting to hire a whole fleet with enough room for family and friends as well as the bridal party and happy couple. But those on a budget might want to compromise and limit wedding transport to just the bride and groom. Or, why not consider one large vehicle — such as a coach or stretch limousine — in place of multiple smaller options?

Typically, most wedding car services are available by the hour. So if you want your chauffeur to wait around and transport you after the ceremony, you’ll have to pay much more for the experience. Instead, why not hire a vehicle just for the first part of your wedding? You’ll still get to make a grand entrance and pose for photos with your dream car, but it will cost a fraction of the price.

Finally, it’s important to shop around for your wedding car hire, and compare quotes before making any final decisions. Many companies, for example, will offer other wedding services such as floral arrangements or furniture hire, and you might be able to get a good deal if you order everything from the same place. Similarly, there may be reductions and discounts available on certain vehicles at particular times of the year — so make sure that you do your research before you book.

With these tips, you can save money and still enjoy the wedding you’ve always wanted — even in these uncertain times.