Jasmine Cianflone & Associates is the brainchild of Jasmine Cianflone - a Jersey girl with a passion for all things event planning. Read on (Warning: it's wordy) to find out a bit more about what we do, why we do it, and what makes us want to make your day totally rock!
How long have you been planning weddings and how did you become a wedding planner?
I have been planning weddings and events professionally since late 2007, and TME became official in 2008. Choosing wedding and event planning as a career was a very roundabout process. I’m a 2004 Rutgers University grad holding a BA in History and Anthropology. Learning about other cultures and their rich histories and traditions has always been intriguing to me. I thought I wanted to be a museum curator, but I had a secret obsession with the annual gala fundraisers put on by large foundations. My junior year, I took an internship with a non-profit organization that had a corporate event planning aspect to it, and I discovered my knack for logistical planning. I had at last tapped into my true passion. I finally admitted out loud that I wanted to be an event planner. That was the year that the idea for This Moment Events was born. Life being what it is (like, CRAZY), I put my goals on hold and ended up getting a "real" job working for a technology reseller company. I kept my skills sharp by planning training sessions and marketing events at my day job as well as any social event I could get my hands on in my free time. Three years into that, I took a massive leap of faith by applying for and landing an amazing internship with a full service wedding planning firm in NYC, and I was beyond hooked. When that was all over, I returned to New Jersey, quit my day job, and set out to create the premier boutique wedding planning and event styling firm focused on creating authentic celebrations for amazing people.
Why did you decide this was your dream?
First off, I love celebrations. And my absolute favorite kind of celebration is a wedding! I love the idea of two people coming together and promising to build a life together and grow together. I love family and joy and the happiness that surrounds weddings. I just ADORE getting to be a part of that - the newness of it all, the huge and true smiles that couples get when their eyes meet from the aisle to the altar, the joy in a mom’s eyes when she dances with her son at his wedding, the tearful speeches from Best Men and Maids of Honor. Those moments create the threads in the tapestry of our lives and I live for them. I eat it up because it’s like food for my soul.
Are you certified to plan weddings?
Yes. I hold the designation of Certified Wedding Planner through the Association of Bridal Consultants.
What services do you offer? Do you do Day of Coordination?
In order to create the kinds of wedding celebrations that we believe all couples deserve, we offer full service planning and styling, customized planning services, as well as Wedding Day Management through This Moment Events. Wedding Day Management is our version of "Day-of Coordination."
We love your services and your portfolio! Everything sounds fantastic... So can you tell me what sets you apart from all the other wedding and event planners in New Jersey?
A few things set us apart from other planners in the area.
First, JCA specializes in inspired, authentic, multi- and inter-cultural wedding celebrations, and we LOVE weddings that are totally unique. We do not do cookie cutter weddings. I love combining traditions and ritual to create a new and beautiful celebration that truly reflects your story: past, present and future. I also happen to be half of an interracial inter-religious couple, so I totally GET the struggles, the concerns and the weirdness that can go on. I can help you get through that!
Second, I strive to help you focus on the moments. Not just the many special moments of your wedding day itself, but every moment leading up to it. We want you to be engaged during your engagement, not only in the process but in the outcome as well. When you get stressed, we provide you with stress-relieving treats and techniques. We help you tap into the real reasons you’re getting married, and stay focused on the joy!
Also, it is important to note that we are fully licensed, have insurance, and pay our taxes.
This all sounds so wonderful, but it also seems expensive! Are we going to be able to afford this? Why don't you list your detailed pricing on the website?
Expense truly is in the eye of the beholder. We are 100% transparent about our pricing and what you will get for your money. There are no hidden fees or up-sells, and we do not take any kickbacks. A professional wedding planner is a true investment in your day- one that will save you time, energy and ultimately, money. Our goal is to give you the best value for your hard earned dollars. As to why we don't list our detailed pricing on our website- it's mainly because we don't want to give you the wrong information! Your wedding is as individual as your love story - and the service you get from us, and the pricing attached, will be as well. In general, our Wedding Day Management and Event Styling begins at $2750. We also have a number of options for customized suites. Final pricing is fully dependent on the size, scale and scope of your celebration. Please schedule a Meet & Greet with us so that we can learn more about your event and start the process of creating a customized planning proposal with you.
Who do you work best with?
The JCA couple wants their wedding to be full of laughter, great food, music and dancing- a real party experience with a chic, charming, and fabulous atmosphere. They’re looking to infuse their day with hints of their cultures. They want elements of their backgrounds to run as threads through their event design. Our brides are quick with a smile, and love to leave their stamp on things. They love handmade touches and want their weddings to be uniquely theirs! Our grooms are quirky, love to make jokes and have really embraced the fact that it’s their day too. I work best with couples who love to have fun and who are truly looking to make their wedding and planning experience as much fun as possible. I love working with people who are SO *in love* and not afraid to show it, couples who understand the importance of what they are about to do and are ready to accept the changes and challenges that come with planning such a momentous occasion and a new life together.
Will I lose control of my wedding if you’re planning it for me?
Not at all! That's one of the benefits of how JCA works. We don’t plan your wedding for you, unless you really want us to. Instead, we help YOU plan it. We let you know what's available, give you options and choices and you pick the ones that work best for you. I love encouraging couples to find their own way and create their dream day. You will maintain complete control. If you’re not really feeling a suggestion we’ve made, feel free to veto! Want to move in a different direction? Let us know. You make the decisions, and we execute. We intend to be your partners in this process.
What if I don’t want a cake/toasts/dancing/etc.
This is definitely not a problem for us- this is your wedding, do it your way! And we’ll help you make it happen, AND help you explain to your family the why behind whatever element is missing. Although they’ll probably never miss it!
Do you plan same sex weddings/civil unions/commitment ceremonies?
YES! Why in the world wouldn't we?
Will you work with vendors we’ve already found, or vendors we really want to work with?
Absolutely! We know some of the best wedding pros in New Jersey, so we do provide recommendations if you need them. Since we have experience with these professionals, we can guarantee the quality of their work. However, if you’ve found the photographer or florist of your dreams, we’ll gladly work with them. Your wedding is a team effort after all, and we play very well with others.
What types of payment do you take, and do you offer payment plans?
This Moment Events accepts cash, personal and cashier’s checks, and Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express in studio via Square. We also accept online payments, and we offer custom and monthly payment plans tailored to each client’s needs. Usually it looks a lot like a 33% retainer payment, and then monthly payments until 30 days prior to the wedding.
Do you take more than one wedding per day?
No, we do not. In order to provide the high-quality service that our clients have come to expect, we are currently available to take on a max of two clients per month.
Can we contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Of course! You can also check out our testimonials page right now.
I have a few more questions before getting started. Can I contact you to discuss further?
You sure can! In fact we highly encourage all of our potential clients to schedule a Meet & Greet. That way, we can get all of your questions answered, learn more about you and your vision, and discover how we can help you best! Click here to check our availability and get scheduled: Is My Date Available?
Any other questions? Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 609-301-0136.
We are so in! What happens next to start the process?
The next step is for you to schedule your Meet & Greet: Click Here to inquire about your date. You'll get an instant reply, and a chance to schedule your Meet & Greet meeting. At your Meet & Greet, we’ll discuss your wedding plans in brief, and discuss our services that match your personality, style and budget. If needed, we will then schedule your Premiere Planning Workshop. When you attend your this meeting we’ll discuss your wedding plans in great detail and help you discover exactly what This Moment Events can accomplish for you.
What should I expect at my Meet & Greet?
The Meet & Greet is a 45 minute face to face meeting designed for us to get to know each other better. Come in to our office in Princeton, or if you're not local, we can chat via FaceTime, Google Hangout or Video Conference. Expect to spend about 45 minutes with us discussing your wedding, so we can get a feel for each other's personalities and learn exactly what you need. Before you have your Meet & Greet, we'll send over a questionnaire to help us understand where you are in the planning process and what you'll be looking for from us. After that we'll get your in depth Premiere Planning Workshop on the calendar and hit the ground running. Click here to check availability and schedule your Meet & Greet.
What should I expect at my Premiere Planning Workshop?
Once you are signed on as a JCA client, we start the process off with your Premiere Planning Workshop. This in-depth, hands on meeting is where we construct the game plan for your big day and get down to the nitty gritty details. Plan to spend between 90 minutes and 2 hours with the JCA team. We’ll chat about the two of you as a couple, discuss your wedding plans and budget in great detail, and get really real about the vision for your day. This is your very first planning meeting with JCA and we'll give you ideas and concrete examples of how we can help you achieve all of your wedding goals and truly enjoy planning your wedding. We'll go through your welcome packet full of planning ideas, vendor recommendations and tips, and we'll chat about our contract and what you can expect as a client of ours. We may listen to some music, likely drink coffee (or something stronger) and eat a few snacks. That’s it- easy peasy!
If you'd like to book a Premiere Planning Workshop prior to signing a contract with JCA, the fee is $250 (payable online prior to our scheduled meeting). If after our workshop, you choose to have us on your team, we will credit the fee towards your final payment. We are beyond excited to meet you and look forward to becoming a part of your story!