St. Paul >Event Planning > Wedding Officiant Rev. Coleman
197 Griggs St N, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510444.947286 -93.151963
Neighborhoods: Merriam Park - Lexington - Hamline, Lexington - Hamline South
Super-nice guy – We talked to 3 ministers, were really turned off by one, one was fine, but Rev. Coleman was really nice, and the best by a mile, mile, mile. Wedding is next year - we'll tell you how it goes! Oh, and he saved us over a thousand dollars, by recommending both a photographer and a DJ who are top-notch and reasonably priced. They're Steve Rouch and Instant Request.
Nicest pastor ever – I wish Reverend Coleman was available...I called him up to check on his availability, and he was booked up, but wow, was he helpful. We talked for over ten minutes, and he gave me great referrals and also advice on how to plan our wedding from out of state. He didn't have to do that, and he knew he was booked that weekend, but he was just being a really nice man and was completely willing to spend all this time with me, even though I wouldn't be able to use his services. I really wish he wasn't booked...I would DEFINITELY use him now, if he was available. Really nice man.
Pastor Tomkin saved us! – We were lucky to have found Pastor Tomkin while he was still available. A couple he was working with changed their time, and so he was free, and he helped us from beginning to end. We had no idea how we wanted our ceremony to be set up... all we knew is that we wanted it in the Landmark Center. He had performed many wedding ceremonies there, so walked us through all the different configurations that the atrium could be set up as, and then was able to incorporate both our religious backgrounds in the ceremony. Neither me nor my fiance had a church that we regularly went to, but we have parents and relatives that are quite religious. I'm Lutheran and my fiance (now husband!) is Methodist, and Pastor Tomkin created a wedding ceremony that we were both really happy with. He also helped us find a guitarist, a photographer, and helped us find the readings we wanted. He even helped us with writing our own vows! We were first attracted to him because of his friendly manner on his website, but once we talked with him in person, we knew he was absolutely the officiant for us. My mom LOVED him (he made her feel so special as the Mother of the Bride!) and all our guests raved about his warm, friendly manner. I'd recommend him to anyone who is looking for a friendly, flexible minister who knows a LOT about how to please not only the bride and groom, but everyone in the wedding party, the ushers, the parents, and all the guests!
Top Minnesota wedding planner! – We were actually just looking for a Minneapolis wedding reception location when we found Rev. Coleman's website, which had tons of recommendations for sites, with prices, maps, and reviews. Nowhere else had we seen actual reviews of wedding locations - other places just had ads. Rev Coleman's reviews were so helpful that we wound up booking the St Paul College Club for our wedding reception, and then when my uncle got sick, we called Rev. Coleman to see if he was available to officiate. Tomkin was so sweet and so knowledgeable! He took the time to really get to know us and to find out the kind of wedding ceremony that suited us best and wrote us a complete scripting in less than a week! We wound up having lots of changes to the wedding ceremony, which was just fine with Tomkin, and he kept sending us the revised versions whenever we had changes. He was wonderful! He conducted the entire wedding rehearsal and then after the wedding, everyone kept raving about what a wonderful wedding ceremony it was! He had found a way to make the wedding ceremony spiritual without being overly religious (something that was very important to us). Reverend Coleman was absolutely wonderful to work with and we'd recommend him to anyone looking for a Minnesota wedding planner or officiant!
The best wedding planner we could have found! – It seemed we talked to EVERYBODY in the Twin Cities area trying to find vendors. Most of our friends could recommend the people they used, but they didn't talk to that many people when they made their decisions. So we really did our research. Rev. Tomkin Coleman was by far the most helpful part of our process. He was able to personally recommend people he had worked with (and it seemed like he knew everyone in the area). When we talked to other vendors, we mentioned Reverend Coleman, and over half the people we talked to (not just the ones he recommended) knew of him and RAVED about his services!
We called him up and arranged a time to meet and as soon as I talked to him on the phone I knew we had to use his services. His warm, friendly manner was so calming that I wanted to hire him immediately! We met at this charming little coffee shop in St Paul and he had all these great ideas for our wedding. Plus, he really listened to us (wow, is that rare!)
June is going to be AWESOME!
He took care of all the little things! – Having a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about all the little things! Reverend Coleman helped us with the whole planning process and everything went perfectly. We were just in our own little world with each other, then were constantly distracted by all of our friends and relatives that were coming in from out of town. Reverend Coleman took care of all the little problems rather than our having to fix them on our wedding day. Once we started working with Rev Coleman, the process became easy. Our site manager at the James J Hill Library knew him already, and she actually said, ?Great! I love working with Reverend Coleman because he is so good at taking care of everything!? We were amazed at how well he got our rowdy friends to work together, he got us a photographer when ours got sick at the last minute, and worked closely with the string quartet we hired (at his recommendation) so that everything went smoothly!
Reverend Coleman is a terrific wedding planner and officiant! – We are so grateful we found Reverend Coleman. I'm Jewish and my husband (then my fiance!) is Lutheran, and we searched all over but could not find a Rabbi who was willing to do an interfaith wedding ceremony. Plus, we were so confused about how to put it all together - who sits on which side (it's different for Christian and Jewish), who would do what part of the ceremony, who would walk who down the aisle (all of this is different for the different religions). Also, we had no idea who to use for musicians, where to to go find a site, how to select a wedding party, where to find a church...Rev. Coleman walked us through all the steps and was so incredibly helpful! He met us at this cute little coffeeshop in Saint Paul, and was so easy-going and a great listener. He really understood what we were going through, and took all our needs into account. He seems to know everyone who works with weddings in the entire Twin Cities area, and when we talked to musicians and photographers (some of whom he recommended, some of whom we found on our own), they all knew him and LOVED working with him! That said a lot! When we talked to Judy, the site manager at Summit Manor, she highly recommended Reverend Coleman, too, although by that time we had already hired his services! We would recommend Tomkin extremely highly to anyone who wants a wedding to go off without a hitch. He was so helpful on the wedding day, working with our parents and the musicians and the ushers and the wedding party (who loved him) and kept the whole ball rolling. He delivered a wonderful sermon (which we had approved beforehand) and all our guests LOVED him! Definitely give him a call - he's a treasure!
Very flexible and open – Rev Coleman was a treasure to find. We had looked all over to find someone to marry us that wouldn't require counseling, and so many people recommended him. We consider ourselves spiritual, but not religous, and didn't want to join a chuch just in order to get married. Plus, we received our complete scripting of our wedding ceremony three days after we met with him - Tomkin is so great to work with!
The best thing about my wedding that I didn't marry – Tomkin Coleman is a minister who understands that your wedding is about your needs, not his. When I met with him, it was with a certain amount of anxiety. My religious affiliation can best be described as "lapsed Lutheran". I wanted a religous ceremony, but I wanted the focus to be around my community of friends witnessing my ceremony before God, not the church's, or some minister's view of how it should be done. Tomkin understood where I was coming from immediately, and went to great lengths to respect my decisions, and to build from scratch a ceremony that reflected my personality and that of my wifes.
Tomkin is also a seasoned pro in the wedding business. Our photographer fell through. Tomkin had working relationships with two photographers, and one was free that weekend, and a cheaper price than our original choice. We had trouble picking a venue, and Tomkin helped there as well, giving us a list of places, with photographs and prices, that he had had good experiences with. He was so helpful, and so knowledgable, that I was about ready to hand him a stack of invitations so that he could lick envelopes.
Tomkin Coleman was a key element in making my wedding a special, blessed event. I cannot stress how much his dignified, gentle bearing and skilled handling of the "backstage" portions of the wedding make everything go smoothly.
Outstanding. . . . – Tomking did a fabulous job with walking us through the process when many concerns were pulling us in so many directions. He also did a fabulous job of getting to know and getting along with our respective families (and let me tell you, that ain't easy with my family. I wish I would have known how many connections he had in the wedding business because we would have saved a lot of money.
A five star class act. *****
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