Tom F Hamel is a wedding officiant for couples marrying in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Pastor Tom F. Hamel marries couples in the greater Grand Rapids area and lakeshore communities from St. Joseph to Ludington. This officiant is experienced, professional, and honors a couple in the ways they best see fit on their wedding day.
Tom has performed more than 1,300 weddings since 2005. He knows the ins and outs of a wedding ceremony and helps couples with the understanding that — more often than not — this is all new to them. He instills confidence in the soon-to-be newlyweds and keeps the focus on them while celebrating their love.
Ordained and licensed in the state of Michigan as an officiant, Pastor Tom officiates all varieties of weddings. This includes civil unions, vow renewals, rehearsals, and single-religion, interfaith, and non-religious ceremonies. He typically keeps the length of the ceremony under 30 minutes. Couples choosing My West Michigan Wedding will find counseling and assistance with customized vows. This officiant works with agnostic and non-denominational couples, as well as those of the following beliefs:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Marijke · Married on 07/22/2017
Pastor tom was AMAZING! He walked us through the wedding process, from the first time I contacted him, through expertly guiding us on the day of. He was very easy to contact, and very pleasant and personable at each interaction! My husband is an Atheist, and I am a Christian; Tom helped us to create a ceremony reflective of both of our beliefs, and respectful to all of the friends and family in attendance! He guided us as we sought to include our children in the ceremony, but at all times encouraged us to make all the decisions, to perfectly craft a ceremony that was beautiful and reflective of our true selves.Sent on 08/05/2017
My family and friends raved about the ceremony, saying it was unlike anything they had ever seen, and that it was both elegant and perfectly timed (Tom helped us to keep it to the perfect length!). We enjoyed every communication, every experience, and were so grateful for the wealth of knowledge on the industry that he brought to the table. He thought of everything, communicated with everyone, made the day feel peaceful and at ease, and truly guided us into this joyous next step of our lives! Thank you!
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Shannon Sanders · Getting married on 09/29/2019
Easy and pleasant
I received a response from Tom almost immediately. He was very nice and informative on the service he provided. He also gave me alternatives that could benefit my need, even though that meant it would be less (savings for me, loss for him)Sent on 03/14/2019
Aly · Getting married on 06/22/2019
Tom was absolutely perfect! We only met him the day before our wedding for rehearsal, but he was so friendly and helpful, it was like we’ve known him forever! And before meeting, he was always on the ball with communication, making sure we had everything that we needed, so we had nothing to worry about on the day of the ceremony. He made our day completely stress-free! All of our guests just raved about him! He was uplifting and smiling through the entire ceremony and there was never a dull moment. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a wedding pastor! We couldn’t have asked for any better :) Thanks for making our ceremony so perfect Tom! - Matt and AlySent on 09/03/2018