Am I the only person who will hem and haw for months over something I already know I want or need, but the second that thing goes on sale, I can immediately pull the trigger? Assuming you’re the same, then here are the deals you’ve been waiting for to finally jump on booking those holiday portraits or wedding photography (or coordinator or gown).
Because trade secret real talk: if you don’t want to spend all the dollars on professional photography, fall is the best time to snag a deal. Many professional wedding and portrait photographers set up “mini-sessions” in late fall or early winter, which are short portrait sessions that you can get for a fraction of a normal sitting fee. We’re talking absolutely stunning photos that are perfect for holiday cards, save the dates, or just generally having flattering non-selfies and only require about thirty minutes of your time.
And similarly, when it comes to saving your budget on wedding vendors, the early bird totally gets the worm. Fall is when many vendors still have plenty of dates open on their calendar for next year, but are still charging this year’s prices—and often offer additional discounts for booking early.
So, to save you from having to search for the good stuff, we reached out to our favorite APW photographers, planners, and other vendors to see what they were offering. Scroll on for amazing APW-reader-only deals, and if you’re not seeing anything in your area below, you can always cruise the vendor directory to find someone who’s nearby.
WHO: EVANGELINE LANE
WHERE: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
WHAT: Evangeline is offering thirty minute mini-sessions for $350 for couples, families (her family photos are next level), and individuals. Each includes 30 to 40 print-ready digital files via downloadable photo gallery. Reach out to Evangeline for more info and to book.
WHERE: BOSTON, MAssachusetts
WHAT: Kelly is offering 30-minute ($350) and 60-minute ($500) mini-sessions select weekend dates (October 21 and November 11), or weekdays in October, November, and December. Each session includes approximately 30 or 60 images, depending on session length. Dates fill up fast, so reach out to Kelly ASAP.
WHERE: boston, massachusetts
WHAT: Christina is offering thirty-minute sessions for $350, or $500 for a 1-hour mini-session, in the Boston area. You will receive 40 to 60 high-res photos in color and black and white delivered by downloadable web gallery. Sessions are available for families, couples or individuals. Contact Christina for dates and specific locations.
WHERE: Santa Cruz, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA + WAShington
WHAT: Hayley is offering APW readers 20% off wedding photo coverage—YES, you read that, right—which means her rates start at $2,400 for up to 6 hours coverage. Why are you still reading?! Click, email, book, and get photos this gorge.
WHO: You Are Raven
WHERE: atlanta, georgia
WHAT: Samhain sale! Raven is one of our favorite photographers—and people!—and this is the steal of the year in Atlanta. Raven is offering an unbeatable 25% off her 2018 rates on any wedding package booked between now and January 1, 2019. Pricing with the discount starts at $2,175, and you can see all Raven’s packages and rates right on her website. (Ahh, transparency! I told you she is one of our faves.) Her rates will be going up for 2019 after the end of the year, so book now to get almost double the savings!
WHERE: New England
WHAT: Christina is also offering $500 off all-day wedding coverage in New England for the first couple 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: Jessamyn Harris
WHERE: NAPA and SONOMA WINE COUNTRY, California
WHAT: The first three APW couples to book a full day’s wedding receive a free engagement session AND/OR a 10% discount on wedding coverage for all APW readers. All of Jessamyn’s packages are all customized to include only the things you need and none of the things you don’t (though all include a gallery + high resolution files, natch), and they begin at $3,500. Make sure to mention APW when you reach out.
WHO: The Plannery
WHERE: WASHINGTON, D.C.— and now Baltimore!
WHAT: The Plannery recently expanded to Baltimore. They’re offering 15% off of month-of-coordination services for all 2019 weddings in Baltimore (i.e., a savings of $292.50, or an investment of $1,657.50 instead of $1,950). Must book by March 31, 2019, and mention APW in your initial inquiry!
WHO: OUR STORY Bridal
WHERE: New York, New York
WHAT: This amazing destination for pre-owned designer weddings dresses is offering $50 off of veils and $50 off of cleaning and preservation services for APW readers.