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Pastor Tom F. Hamel - Wedding Officiant
Serving West Michigan Since 2005. You want to know that your wedding minister will represent you well and respect your wishes. You want to know that your ceremony will be personalized for you and true to who you are as a couple. And you want to know that your wedding minister is professional and credible. Tom Hamel can give you that confidence.
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Catholic, Protestant, Christian, Interfaith, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian
Loved our CeremonyReviewed on 4/15/2015 Mariah C
Tom did an amazing job with our ceremony! It was exactly what we wanted with a little humor added in (which we loved, otherwise we would have been an emotional mess!) He is professional and makes the whole process simple and personalized with the online questionnaire. He was quick to respond to any of my questions and very helpful. We knew immediately we were in good hands at our rehearsal, he was very organized and had great suggestions on how to make the big day perfect for us. Would recommend Tom to anyone. Thanks so much for making our wedding ceremony a wonderful one!
Outstanding Officiant!Reviewed on 8/03/2014 Lauren B
Tom did an amazing job! Ceremony was absolutley perfect, and exactly what we wanted. The online form makes it so easy to customize your ceremony, and he throws in his own flare and advice. Alot of guests made comments on how it was one of the best ceremonies they have seen! He also donated part of his pay in our honor to 20 Liters which is an organization that provides clean water for African families. We love Tom! Highly recommend!!!!!
Tom is amazing! We had planned on a friend marrying us.....to anyone thinking about doing this.....DON'T DO IT! I was completely stressed out and overwhelmed one week before our wedding. I realized that I needed help and found Tom on The Knot website. After talking to him on the phone for about ten minutes, he completely put me at ease and I knew he was the right person for us. Our ceremony was exactly what I wanted and it went perfectly. Thanks again Tom for taking us on last minute and for making our day perfect! Karen and Chris
Tom did an outstanding job on our wedding ceremony. We met first to make sure that is who we wanted and right away my fiance and I got that vibe where we knew he was the one. He didn't let us down. The ceremony was amazing. We were able to chose every aspect of the cermony. I had guests afterwards ask me where I found him. They said that it was one of the best ceremonies they had ever seen. Loved that he was able to incorporate a sand ceremony with our kids! I would recommend him to anyone!!!
Tom was excellent! We received so much praise for the ceremony and how Tom did. Tom made the Process stress free so we could enjoy the moment that mattered most. We highly recommend him.
There are not enough words to describe just how wonderful Tom was! We had an out of town wedding in Michigan (we are from Chicago) and were lucky enough to find him through the Knot. We are from different faiths (Catholic & Lutheran), wanted to incorporate a hand fasting ceremony, and song into our ceremony; all of which was no bothersome to Tom. He incorporated our wishes flawless and actually made the hand fasting ceremony better than we could have imagined. He was wonderful to work with, always responded quickly to questions and ready to call, email or skype as we needed. Being able to individualize our ceremony with the help of his questionnaire was simple and so easy. Our biggest compliment was having friends and family ask how long we've known him because it seemed as if he had known us for years. All our guests were overwhelmed with how beautiful our ceremony was and we have Tom to thank for it! We would recommend him 1000 times over!
We were VERY happy with our desicion to have Tom be our wedding officiant. I was very nervous about being in front of all of our family and friends, but Tom took care of everything. I felt like my stress melted away and I was able to enjoy being up at the alter with my husband instead of worrying about evverything. I ended up saying "I do" too early and he was able to play it off and eveyone had a good chuckle and it was just a really good moment, whereas if it were someone else I may have died of embarrassment. You will not be disapointed! And all of the guests afterwards were telling us about how impressed they were with Tom!
Tom did a wonderful job with our event. He braved the crazy winds on the day of rehearsal, and helped us adjust plans to fit the tone of the event. On the wedding day, Tom made everything flow and struck the right note throughout the ceremony.
Tom came recommended and for good reason. When we first started looking for an officiant we needed someone to cater to our "half religious, half not" beliefs. Tom immediately put our minds at ease and made us feel comfortable that we would get a ceremony that reflected our wishes. He had a streamlined process for us to use to customize our ceremony. As the wedding date approached, he also kept in contact with us to make sure nothing had changed and even checked in to help ease our stress. On the wedding day, he gave a fantastic and inspiring ceremony. We're so glad we chose Tom and would certainly recommend him to anyone else getting married.
Tom was wonderful, very professional and funny, I would recommend him 100%
Tom went above and beyond to make sure that everything at our wedding ceremony was perfect. Our guests and close family members continue to compliment us on our choice of officiant. He was professional, knowledgeable, timely (got us to our rehearsal dinner on time!!), and above all Tom was genuine and kind. He made sure that our ceremony was customized to our every wish; made even easier by his user friendly, online questionnaires. He understood that the day was about my husband and I. I would strongly recommend him to anyone searching for an officiant, I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have him marry us.
Tom performed our wedding in a manner that was meaningful to us in a manner WE wanted. We met with Tom once face to face for an hour about a year out from our wedding day and had two or three emails/telephone conversation about a month out and Tom performed a ceremony that was tailored to our personalities. Tom is a true gentleman and his desire to marry us in a manner that was meaningful, thoughtful and loving to us is part of his personality and not a business model he’s adopted. Thank you Tom.
I can't say enough about how amazing our wedding ceremony turned out thanks to Tom Hamel. He met us in person at our request, he kept in touch via email through the planning process, and he was prompt & prepared on our wedding day. As the officiant of the ceremony, his words were personal and meaningful. He looked professional and polish. Highly recommend!
Tom was excellent. He has a gift of sincerity. I highly recommend him. He will make your day very special!
Tom was wonderful! He was kind and super helpful with planning the ceremony from the east side of the state. I was super nervous about the ceremony since we had no formal rehearsal. Tom offered his ceremony planner that helped me feel more at ease. The day of he made my husband and I feel so comfortable and special before, during, and after our ceremony. We are so glad we chose Tom as our officiant!
He was on time, kind, charismatic, performed the ceremony to our exact instructions, and gave a beautiful speech. Made everything easy and beautiful.
Tom was great! He was timely, professional, listened to what we wanted for our ceremony, and made us laugh...which was a huge help in easing our anxiety during the ceremony! I would definitely recommend him to be your officiant for your special day!
Tom was amazing! We actually did not meet him, in person, until about 45 minutes before the ceremony, but everything went very smoothly! We had several guests comment to us about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and they made a point to mention specifically Tom. They enjoyed the way he spoke, like he's done this a million times, but still very personal; and also his little jokes. My new husband and I loved how easy the planning process was, as well as, Tom's humor he brought to the event. I think it set our nerves at ease a bit to laugh! Tom had another wedding during our rehearsal time, but he sent one of his assistants, Anna, to run the rehearsal and she did a great job! She was personable and easy to work with as well as receptive to feedback and different ideas for our layout for the wedding party. I would very highly recommend Pastor Tom to anyone in need of an officiant for their wedding!!
Tom was fantastic from start to finish, he does such a beautiful job bringing the wedding ceremony so personnel. From the first interview with him to our ceremony on Aug 26, 2017 we felt so comfortable with how he handled our wedding. Take the time not only to look at his website, but even more so make the time to meet him at least once, before you decide to do anything. Our wedding ceremony was perfect from start to finish, he helped make our day so great. Thank you Tom for everything you do.
We loved Pastor Tom. He made the ceremony so easy. The whole day was flawless.
Tom was absolutely amazing!! Our microphones didn't work and he rolled with the punches great! He made our ceremony seamless and did such a great job making it a special moment for us and everyone attending.
Tom did an amazing job! He gave me options to pick the speech that fit our personalities best. He offered music, looked very professional and was on time! We communicated though the whole process and he was always available!
Tom did a great job at our ceremony. He made us laugh and not feel so nervous and the crowd loved him as well. We're glad we went with Tom to marry us.
Tom is the epitome of professional. He gets a chance to really know and understand you, your personality, your interests and delivers it flawlessly during the ceremony. He has every detail down and makes you fully aware of what to expect and goes over every aspect of the ceremony with you. Even when something unplanned happens he handles it with grace. In my case it was my veil falling out of my hair in the wind and no one knew if they should or shouldn't pick it up. Tom simply directed a bridesmaid to pick it up so everyone would stop thinking about that and focus on the ceremony. He is really such a professional, a fantastic officiant and he goes above and beyond. He has done my sister and friends wedding as well, he honestly is so great! I've been to many weddings and no other officiant really compares. Thank you Tom for such a beautiful ceremony! We couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! ❤️
Pastor Tom was amazing! He made our wedding ceremony so beautiful! He was so personable and was so great to work with.
Meet The Owner
Pastor Tom F. Hamel
Since 2005, I have had the honor of presiding over nearly 1200 marriages. It has been a joy to match West Michigan's beautiful resources with couples looking for meaningful and intimate wedding ceremonies. I am a retired pastor and happily married for 38 years to my one true love, Amy. We have two grown daughters and 7 energetic grandchildren. My career experience has taught me how to meet people where they are and serve them according to their needs.