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Reviewed On 2/23/2019 by Alyssa P
Thomas Welch was the most perfect JOP. Our guests have not stopped raving about him. He made our ceremony feel so personal and made us feel so comfortable. The moment my husband and I met Thomas we knew he would be our officiant and we are so h...
appy that we found him.
Reviewed On 4/09/2018 by Cathy K
Tom was recommended by our venue, and we are SO happy we worked with him!
Our guests loved the ceremony. It had a nice balance between religious and nonreligious. He had options that allowed us to make the wedding our own. We chose the water ce...
remony and letter in a wine box ceremony, which fit our relationship. There were several readings to choose from, as well as options on vows.
Tom has a comforting manner to him, which made us feel relaxed during the ceremony.
Thank you Tom!
Reviewed On 8/08/2017 by Maria C
Mr. Welch officiated our wedding in July. We are so happy we chose him. He gave us options for how we wanted our ceremony to be. He was patient with last minute changes and he did not rush the ceremony even after we had to stop in the middle th...
e ceremony to fix my veil that fell off twice! We highly recommend Mr. Welch to anyone looking for an officiant.
Reviewed On 6/22/2017 by Betsy and Andy J
From the Bride: From the second we sat down and spoke with Tom, I knew he would be the officiant we chose. His voice is so unbelievably calming and soothing. He has an amazing life story and has amazing things to say throughout a wedding ceremo...
ny. He really provided us with a lot of choices about what we wanted him to focus on, what we wanted for our vows, and what other special parts of our ceremony we wanted to add. I was actually blown away by the number of people that commented to us about how wonderful our ceremony was! I am so grateful that he was a part of our day.
From the Groom: Tom Welch was a wonderful Officiate. From our first meeting with Tom we knew we were in good hands. We were an interfaith marriage- Jewish and Baptist- and Tom had many great ideas in helping guide us to creating the perfect, unique ceremony for us.
The next day many of our relatives on both sides and of many religions were inspired by the things he said and how personal he made the entire wedding ceremony both for us, bride and groom, and everyone witnessing. You can honestly feel the love in Tom’s voice, call him, and you’ll hear it too. Tom Welch in general is a kind, gentle, and extremely interesting man. I feel lucky that we got to know him and have him lead our ceremony.
Reviewed On 12/08/2016 by Kelly H
Thomas was recommended to us by our DJ (PJ the DJ) and was wonderful! He's an ex-Catholic priest so you get the gravitas of more traditional ceremony officiants but he'll let you organize your ceremony however you'd like to. We did a mix of wri...
ting our own vows and traditional vows and Thomas filled in the rest. He told us he prides himself on a 23 minute ceremony from processional to recessional and I'm pretty sure we were within in time frame.
Reviewed On 11/07/2016 by David A
Tom Welch is a warm, experienced, justice of the peace. At our first meeting, he connected with us easily and we felt very comfortable. He performed a beautiful short ceremony for us, exactly as we wanted. Our guests raved that he was fantastic...
and the ceremony perfect. He helped assure and calm me, the groom, before the ceremony by going over the game plan again. His open manner of speaking was very well received by our guests. He knows exactly when to throw in a little joke to relieve tension or tears. We highly recommend him, as he was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony.
Reviewed On 10/26/2015 by Ashley W
Selecting an officiant is one of the hardest things to do for those who do not have a friend, family member, or pastor who can serve in that role, and we weren't exactly sure where to start. We consulted with some of our vendors to see if they ...
had any suggestions, and THREE of them separately and independently recommended Tom Welch, so we decided that we had to meet with him. Once we did, we were sold! Tom is so kind and speaks so gently and almost lyrically, and while we ran through what he might say and what our vows might be, we knew that our ceremony was going to be something special and unique, which is just what we wanted. He has many suggestions from the thousands of weddings that he has performed, but he also is completely flexible if there is anything that the couple might want that's a little out of the ordinary. As for most brides and grooms, the ceremony was a bit of a blur for us as it was happening, but we received more compliments on that part of our wedding than almost any other element, and when we were able to view the ceremony in our Next Level Films wedding video a few months later, we remembered just how lovely and touching Tom's ceremony was.
Reviewed On 9/15/2015 by Sarah C
I couldn't be happier with our choice to have Tom officiate our wedding. Tom has the kind of voice and presence that captivates you, which is essential for someone holding a wedding ceremony. He is personal and so warm. We knew within minutes o...
f meeting Tom that he was the JP for us!! Our guests loved Tom, too. I had one friend reach out to me after the wedding for his info, so she could recommend him to people. Overall so so happy with Tom and hope you'll consider him! You won't regret it :)
Reviewed On 6/25/2014 by Karen
I couldn't be happier about choosing Thomas Welch to officiate my ceremony. He made it personal and included all of our guests! Everyone was raving about what a beautiful ceremony it was!
Reviewed On 4/10/2014 by Susan H
Tom was recommended me to me by a family friend. I had been having trouble finding someone. Tom met us in his home which is very welcoming. We immediately felt at ease with him. We left the meeting knowing we had found the person who would ...
marry us. He walked through the ceremony. Provided us with vows and reading suggestions. He brought the guests into the wedding and it was just beautiful. If you are not getting married in a church for whatever reason but want something spiritual- Tom Welch would be excellent.
Reviewed On 10/30/2013 by Kathryn C
We found Tom in a list of recommended vendors at one of the venues we considered for our wedding. He ended up being a perfect fit. We wanted a non-denominational ceremony, but held it in a Unitarian/Universalist Church. We met with Tom only ...
once several months beforehand to discuss our wishes and he provided us with a list of possible rituals and readings--we had a hard time deciding between them, because they were all so good. On our rehearsal and wedding days, Tom was calm, organized, and prepared. He personalized the ceremony exactly as we'd asked, acknowledging my deceased father, and incorporating spirituality without emphasizing religion, striking a perfect balance for us and our families. Everyone told us after the wedding how much they liked Tom's warmth and inclusion of guests in the vows. A great choice.
Reviewed On 9/20/2013 by Jenni C
Tom was great! We had one meeting with him beforehand and on the day of the wedding he did a wonderful job. Recently a lot of the wedding I have gone to the JP seems to rush through having the ceremony only last 5 minutes and although I don't...
think the ceremony needs to last longer then 20 I wouldn't want it to feel rushed. Tom did a great job of personalizing the ceremony and making it unique to Sean and I. I couldn't have asked for a better JP. Thank you!!
Reviewed On 8/10/2013 by Ashley M
Tom was just amazing. We wanted something short and simple, but other than that had no real vision for our ceremony. The readings Tom picked were a perfect fit, and the way he included our guests was very unique and thoughtful. He has a way wit...
h words, and I highly recommend him for your wedding.
Reviewed On 7/27/2013 by Christina P
What an amazing J of the P! Friendly, a great speaker and helped make our ceremony very special. Always available with suggestions. Highly recommend
Reviewed On 12/28/2012 by Kayla S
Thomas married my husband and I on December 8, 2012. He was easy to work with the whole way through. We only met with him once in April, and he gave us all the information we needed. We didn't get married in a church, the ceremony was only abou...
t 20 minutes long. He made it a little spiritual and basically directed us during the ceremony of what we were supposed to do (example: now you may fill your jar with sand, now you may present your parents with a rose, etc) since we didn't have him at the rehearsal, I was a little nervous that I was going to "screw" up the ceremony, but he made us both feel very comfortable. He gave us the order of ceremony list so we knew what to expect throughout the ceremony. He gave us all sorts of options for rituals. He spoke loud and clear and didn't get off track. He was a great officiant and I highly recommend him!
Reviewed On 12/04/2012 by Meghan O
Thomas Welch was wonderful to work with, from our first meeting he was so nice and wanted to make our vows what we wanted. He gave us some options to look over and was willing to personalize anything we wanted. The ceremony was perfect, he incl...
uded our guests and it went on just long enough.
Reviewed On 10/14/2012 by Megan T
Tom was the best. He was extremely easy to work with from my first email to him. He was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and flexible when planning our wedding ceremony. We received numerous compliments what a great job he did!
Reviewed On 9/23/2012 by a member
Tom was our officiant for our 8/19/12 wedding in Plymouth. He is such a joy to work with! We met with Tom quite some time before our wedding in his home, where we were all able to sit and have a great conversation about what we wanted for our w...
edding (non-religious) and all of the details. Tom had lots of great ideas and readings for us, and helped us shape our ceremony into something we wanted.
His gentleness and kindness really made all the difference in our decision to choose an officiant, and we also like that he was so flexible in the type of ceremony he could officiate.
On our wedding day, our ceremony couldn't have been any better. Tom spoke with such ease and moved about the crowd. The words he spoke were beautiful and meaningful. Thank you Tom for officiating our wedding and giving us such a wonderful ceremony. We were so glad to have met you and to have worked with you!
Reviewed On 8/27/2012 by Andrea F
Got to customize my ceremony exactly the way we wanted it. He is great and all the guest liked and enjoyed his presence!
Reviewed On 7/03/2012 by Shannon H
Thomas was so professional, his demeanor was appropriate, his directions were clear, and the ceremony was short and beautiful. Just what I wanted!
Reviewed On 6/19/2012 by Liz N
Tom is very reliable and responsible. He helped guide us through the whole process. He is open minded and willing to work with you for your big day. We did not have him come for rehearsal but everything still went smoothly!
Reviewed On 12/22/2011 by Lisa F
I couldnt find one bad review so I met with him and booked him. He knew we had a 2 year old and wanted him involves as much possible. He was kind of hesitant about us wantig him there. But I overlooked it thinking he would understand. the day o...
f the wedding our son was up with the groom and Tom would make some rude comments about how he shouldnt be involved because its only the 2 of us getting married not our son.During the ceromony he continued making rude comments about our son because he wanted us to hold him and we were fine with it. To us it was all about the family not just the 2 of us. He made one comment mid ceromony about puting him down now and all the guests were jaw dropped because of his comment. I was appauled and didnt listen to a word he was saying while he was marrying us. I was soo happy when it was over so he would leave. He may be great when it is just bride and groom but if a child is involved I would definatley look elsewhere.
Reviewed On 8/19/2011 by Viktoria D
Tom was an absolute delight to have as our officiant. We met with him at his home, several months prior to the wedding, and we knew right away we hadn't any need to look elsewhere. He truly loves what he does, I was amazed as I sat in front of ...
him he was able to present a whole ceremony off the top of his head! I am a super procrastinator and I emailed him our vows and reading 14 hours prior to the ceremony, and he was more than accommodating to me. Day of the ceremony, he arrived early and made sure everything was in order. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I was so nervous that I would mess up the vows and he assured me that he would go slow and everything would be perfect. He was right, I could not have imagined a better ceremony. I highly suggest any couple looking for an officiant to look no further.
Reviewed On 8/11/2010 by Kate M
Thomas Welch was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. He was easy to reach and early to the wedding. His many years of being an officiant made him seem at ease making us at ease during the ceremony. We were able to customize our readings, ...
and he had back ups in case anyone forgot their readings. He was even laid back enough to surprise us with an endearing joke our friends played on us at the end of the ceremony. Overall, he really made our ceremony special and just what we wanted.
Reviewed On 6/11/2010 by Kristen L
Tom was amazing! Our ceremony was so beautiful, and everyone commented on how much they loved Tom. Everything he said was perfect, and he totally made my husband and I feel at ease. I am so happy that we had Tom officiate our wedding. He was gr...
eat to work with and so helpful in planning out our ceremony. He was so quick to respond to e-mails, and he even helped with my last-minute (ie. two days before the wedding) program questions. He’s super nice and just a really great guy. I couldn’t be happier with how our ceremony turned out. It was perfect!