Happy November, y’all! With the holidays fast approaching (seriously, when did that happen?), planning a wedding can easily take a backseat to, well, life. I should know. I was the person who booked a venue in September, breathed a huge sign of relief, and then did, um, nothing else until January 1st rolled around and induced a panic attack.
But when it comes to snagging deals from wedding vendors, the early bird totally gets the worm. The worm in this case, being hundreds of dollars in savings. (Savings that could totalllly buy cute wedding day shoes or more booze.) See, November/December is the time of year when many photographers still have plenty of space left on their calendar for the next year, so they offer discounts for booking early—and they are that much more likely to have your date available.
So scroll on for amazing APW-reader-only wedding photography deals (plus videography!) from some of our all-time favorites.
who: JOnas Seaman | 10% ($450) off full wedding package ($4,500)
where: Seattle, WAshington, and travel nationwide
what: Couples who book APW hall-of-famer Jonas Seaman within thirty days of inquiry for weddings in 2018 will get 10% ($450) off Jonas’ full wedding package (regularly $4,500). This includes: full-day coverage (up to 10 hours of consecutive photography); a second shooter for most of the day; a flash drive of all the finished high-resolution images; and both color and black and white edits of every delivered image.
Who: Shawnee Custalow | 10% off any wedding booked by January 1, 2018
Where: Richmond, VirginiA, and Worldwide
What: Any couple who books Shawnee Custalow (aka the-artist-formerly-known-as-A-Lovely-Photo) by New Year’s Day will get 10% off their package: that’s $320 to $520 off! And with photos like these, why wouldn’t you? Plus, packages always include free travel, anywhere, period.
Who: Vivian Chen | City Hall and elopements—$1,200 for 2 hours of coverage (regularly $1,500), or $200 Off
What: Whether you’re headed to San Francisco City Hall or a beach in Point Reyes, this winter APW Bay Area go-to Vivian Chen is offering $300 off her epic elopement coverage. For $1,200, all couples will receive 2 hours of photography coverage, a pre-planning session, an online gallery connected with a professional print lab and all edited non-watermarked high-resolution digital photos with exclusive usage rights. Final edited photos will be delivered within two weeks of the shoot via FTP download. Travel is included for any adventure elopements in Northern California. (Elopements must be booked and photographed between November 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018 to receive the discount.) Offer ends February 1. See here for all the details!
PLUS! For APW readers ONLY, Vivian is offering $200 off full day-of wedding coverage for the first three APW readers who mention this post and book February 28, 2018.
Who: KARA SCHULTZ | $500 or $300 off any wedding package
Wear: Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond
What: Longtime APW sponsor Kara is offering $500 off any package for the first three couples to book, and $300 for everyone else.
Who: JUSTIN MCCALLUM | Free travel for 2018 bookings
Where: Based in New York City, frequently shoots from New England down to washington, d.c.
Where: Los Angeles, CAlifornia
What: Evangeline, who we love for her balance of romantic images and meticulously caring service, is offering $500 off for the first three readers who book a wedding package and mention this post!
Who: STUDIO ZU | $300 travel credit to the first six APW couples who book 2018 weddings! (Rates start at $2,600)
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota, and beyond
What: Studio Zu has lots of 2018 availability and packages start at just $2,600 for 7 hours of coverage. And they are offering a $300 travel credit for the first six couples who book 2018 weddings. Couples can inquire here!
Who: CHRISTINA RICHARDS WEDDINGS | $500 or $250 off
Where: Boston, MAssachusetts, and New England
What: Long-time APW favorite Christina Richards is returning to her East Coast roots (our loss, your gain). And to celebrate her move from San Francisco to Boston, she is offering $500 off all-day wedding coverage in New England for the first three couples to book and mention APW. She is also offering $250 off for the first couple to book a city hall wedding or elopement in Boston or New England. Full-day wedding coverage begins at $4,200, city hall weddings begin at $2,500, and elopements begin at $1,500. Contact Christina for more info!
Who: Wandering Study | $500 off winter weddings between now and January (PACKAGES BEGIN AT $3,250)
what: LOs angeles, CAlifornia, and Worldwide
Where: Wandering Study has a soft spot for winter weddings and still has weekends available throughout the end of the year and into January. Packages begin at $3,250 include a 4–7 minute story edit that showcases the very best, fun, and emotional moments from throughout the day and two longer documentary scenes to capture words, dance moves, and conversations more fully.