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Judge Tom Armstrong

Oakdale , MN
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7801 20th Street North
Oakdale, MN US 55128 (map)

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651-773-4092

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"Friendly and flexible," "easy to work with," "professional and dignified performance," "strong eloquent voice," "we had many compliments on our ceremony." These are just a few of the... Read more
"Friendly and flexible," "easy to work with," "professional and dignified performance," "strong eloquent voice," "we had many compliments on our ceremony." These are just a few of the comments from thank you cards received by Judge Tom Armstrong.

Minnesota Bride Magazine's Best Wedding Officiant for 2009 and a finalist for 2010, 2011, 2012 1nd 2013.

You choose every word of your ceremony. Sample ceremonies, vows, ring exchanges, readings, prayers, unity candles, remembrances and more are available at Website. www.tgarmstrong.com Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. Tom performs weddings at all locations. Homes, reception sites, churches, parks, boats, wherever you would like to be married. The location is your choice.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Business suit. If requested, Tom can bring a black judicial robe.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
The ceremony wording is 100% your choice. Visit the Ceremony Library on Tom's website at tgarmstrong.com for over 350 pages of samples in 22 categorties - vows, ring exchanges, readings, pronouncements, introductions, etc.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. It's your ceremony word-for-word
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Any reading a couple would like is great. There are also samples readings at tgarmstrong.com
How long are your ceremonies?
Every couple determines the length of their ceremony by the wording they select. 90% of couples select a ceremony between 15 and 25 minutes. The length is always your choice.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. It's the couple's choice if they want to. Tom does not require counseling - just a marriage license.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, at an extra charge. There is a complete Rehearsal Guide at tgarmstrong.com
Do you supply a sound system?
No. Tom has a strong clear voice. He has experience with a wide range of ceremony site and DJ provided sound systems.

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Dana
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Tom was wonderful to work with through the whole planning process of my wedding. He was very prompt with his phone calls and emails and extremely helpful and friendly. He was very professional and early for our ceremony which we appreciated so he was all ready when we got there. Our wedding was very spontaneous and non traditional and Tom was flexible and cooperative through the whole thing. He had an amazing presence and eloquent voice when performing our ceremony. My family as well as my husband's family really enjoyed him as the officiant as well and we were so glad we chose him to officiate our wedding. I love that he provided samples from his website to make it easy for us to put together our ceremony the way we wanted it. That helped us very much! He also gave me all the information I needed for changing my name after I was married which was appreciated greatly! I would recommend Tom for a wedding officiant to anyone and everyone I know who is looking for a high quality officiant.
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Sam and Carissa
Wedding:
12/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom is extremely friendly and easy to work with and his help made planning the ceremony and the day of the wedding go very smoothly. He allowed us to personalize our ceremony and made sure we were happy with every word. He was extremely flexible and we are really happy he officiated our wedding.
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Kristina
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Hello Tom!

Paul and I want to thank you so much for your beautiful delivery of our wedding ceremony and vows. Even though we had just met that day, your smile made it seem like we've known you much longer. In fact, that is how you were at our wedding - like you really knew us for years. We could not have asked for a better ceremony - you made it exceptional! Thank you! Thank you! We are grateful beyond words. We will highly recommend you! Hopefully, when we renew our vows in years to come, you are still available!

Kristina and Paul Sorteberg
Ramsey, MN
October 25 Como wedding
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Nicole & Trever
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Judge Tom Armstrong was incredible in every sense of the word. My husband and I heard about Tom from our Wedding Coordinator and we are extremely happy that we chose to have him as our officiant. Tom was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had about the ceremony. His confident and clear delivery of our ceremony grabbed everyone's attention and kept all of our friends and family intently listening (there wasn't a dry eye in the house). We can't thank him enough for how amazing he made our big day!

We will be recommending Tom to anyone looking for a top notch officiant!
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Heather
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong was AWESOME!!! He always responded to my emails/questions quickly and even let me call him at home to discuss venue options. He was very professional and arrived early to the wedding to do a run through with us. He made sure everyone knew what they were doing and at what point in the ceremony. I highly recommend him as an officiant!!!
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lacy
Wedding:
9/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom did an awesome job, we really enjoy his energy he has. He also shows he cares about everyone and what they decided to do. Very helpful, Thanks :)
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so happy to have Judge Armstrong officiate at our wedding this summer! He was wonderful to work with - gave great suggestions and helped us create the perfect ceremony. On the day of our wedding, he arrived early and with the appropriate paperwork, as he promised. His positive attitude and friendliness put us at ease right away! During the ceremony, we had a few microphone glitches due to the wind, but he handled it with ease. (he wouldn't have even needed the microphone - as he spoke loud enough for all to hear). After our wedding, he submitted the marriage certificate right away and sent us a copy, along with a checklist for changing your name. Very helpful! Check out his website - the detail is so wonderful for anyone planning a wedding! We would highly recommend Judge Armstrong to others!! :-)
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Dawn
Wedding:
6/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn’t imagine anyone else conducting our wedding other than Judge Armstrong. He made the process so easy and stress-free and was always quick to respond with any questions that we had. He made suggestions that were significant to our wedding location and ceremony. He had a wealth of knowledge that we were able to draw from, it was clear that he was a seasoned professional as a wedding officiate. He was prompt to arrive, was professional during the ceremony, efficient in completing the paperwork and was kind and inviting in his interaction with the guests and wedding party. . He had a wonderfully loud speaking voice that was beneficial for all our guests. Thank you Judge. We would (and have) recommended you to many of our friends. Dawn & Kyle
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Erica
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Judge Tom was the perfect officiant for our wedding day! He gave us great tips to help us write our ceremony and had a great demeanor before our wedding helping to put us at ease. His website was also an awesome resource for ideas for our ceremony. We couldn’t be happier with how everything went.
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom was our officiant for our wedding ceremony. He answered all of our questions very quickly whenever we contacted him and was so easy to work with during our planning and the day of the wedding. All of our guests were very impressed with Tom's presentation of the ceremony and what a nice job he did! Thank you, Tom!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong did a great job officiating our wedding. He arrived early on the wedding day, made sure all the paperwork was in order, and got along great with everybody with his easy demeanor and personality. He also ran the ceremony perfectly, keeping it short and sweet on a borderline too warm evening with the sun directly overhead. We initially went with Judge Armstrong based on his extensive experience and complete flexibility about the ceremony -- he will do the ceremony the way you want it, which is not the case with many other officiants. We found great material among the many samples and ideas he provides on his website. We could not have been happier with the results.
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Paige
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom was our officiant and did such a great job on our ceremony. His website is FABULOUS!! So many ideas to choose from. We hadn't met Tom prior to the wedding, although he was happy to meet with us- we ACCIDENTLY stood him up- oops, he still chose to work with us though! ;) We weren't the most organized when it came to coming up with what we wanted for the ceremony, in fact we emailed it to him right before the wedding but he still was able to do such a good job and seemed like he had been practicing for weeks!
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Heather
Wedding:
6/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom was great from the very beginning. His responses to my questions were always extremely prompt, and his website was incredibly helpful when making our ceremony text selections- he has hundreds of both religious and non-religious selections posted. We were able to pick and choose and truly tailor the text to be exactly what we wanted. His reading voice on the big day was clear and he emoted extremely well. He was friendly and professional. My husband and I really enjoyed working with him.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I found Tom on wedding wire and really had not spoken with him we did everything via email, however I did not need to speak to him if I had he was avaliable. He was great, and everything went perfectly! He was friendly and handled everything exactly as I expected! THANK YOU TOM :)
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beanababy
Wedding:
1/20/2012
5.0/5.0
He made sure we got whatever we wanted. I couldn't have been happier with the ceremony. Great job.
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Eric
Wedding:
1/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong was ridiculously easy to work with and helped us write the perfect service! From his extensive collection of service templates on his website to his insight and advice on our rough drafts of our service -- his support was great!

He delivered a great service the day of and was very helpful with figuring out our wedding license and name changes. Tom would be a great officiant for anyone's wedding!
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Amber
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Tom did an AWESOME job, he was very helpful with the whole processes!!!! Highly RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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rockitherockstar
Wedding:
9/13/2008
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend him! You get to chose exactly every detail of your ceremony!
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong was wonderful. He allows a bride to completely personalize their ceremony btu gives them great resources to make it simple. A seasoned professional.
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BriannaFreitag
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
I was referred to Judge Armstrong through a co-worker. We were very pleased and have already referred a few couples to him.
He is very professional and will marry you almost wherever you like. My husband and I got married on Lake of the Isles with our parents and my sister. He was early and the service was perfectly short and sweet. He took care of the licensing. His website is incredibly helpful. He has a lot of sample weddings that you can choose through, or do your own. He also has other links there for name changes and other legal things that come with marriage.
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Kniblet
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong is wonderful! He lets YOU decide what is to be said during your ceremony, the entire thing. He also provided us with a list of all of the places that I needed to change my name. His voice and presence are fabulous and we loved having him be the man to marry us!
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JesiJLo
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
As soon as I saw his information online I knew he was the right person to marry us, and I have no regrets on that. He came out to where our wedding was held, and he let us write our own ceremony complertely. He didn't add or change anything. Word-for-word it was what we wrote. His voice is powerful and strong which was exactly what I was looking for. A huge thing for my husband and I was that we wanted no aspect of religion on our ceremony, and he did not put one bit of it in there. If you are considering Judge Armstrong, stop comparing and book him now before someone else does!
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Rachelle
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Tom was great, he was super helpful during the planning process and he has a HUGE library of information/readings/vows/etc to go through that really let us make our ceremony unique and totally our own. He was a fun person to have there on the day of. thanks tom!!
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MRoxy0628
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Judge Tom Armstrong did an excellent job officiating our wedding. We were able to customize our ceremony and he helped along the way. His website is great if you're in need of ceremony examples. He was very responsive and helpful when we had any questions. He is very affordable as well. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of an officiant.
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Falafelqueen
Wedding:
12/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Tom was great. He let us put together our own ceremony and worked great with our translator. He told us exactly what we needed and he didn't overcharge. It was important for us to work with a judge because we are an interfaith couple, and we found that in many cases, judges were relatively overpriced in comparison with other wedding officiants. Tom was affordable and made us very comfortable.
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T
Wedding:
10/2/2008
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with Judge Armstrong - he is very knowledgeable and provides a great deal of information on his website making it easier to plan out the details of your ceremony. He was very prompt in responding to any inquiries whether by phone or email. We liked having the complete "say-so" in writing our ceremony and appreciated his comments and suggestions. We would highly recommend Judge Armstrong. He was also very timely in completing the paperwork for our marriage certificate and provided us with some tips on completing a name change.
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Megan
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Judge Armstrong was so easy to work with and our ceremony was beautiful. He was able to help us perfect our ceremony and give us feedback on it when we needed it. He was very professional and the whole ceremony turned out wonderful thanks to him!
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J.
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.9/5.0
Tom was great to work with and made our wedding ceremony easy to plan while reflecting our personalities. His website is very helpful and he was always will to chat over the phone to make sure everything was right and ready to go. He also has a lot of charisma and we loved that - we do too! Our special day went off without a hitch and we were very happy working with Tom!
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Bethany
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.9/5.0
Tom was GREAT! We loved his sense of humor and how professional he was. He is a great speaker and the ceremony turned out perfect. He got back to us promptly and was a great help throughout the entire year prior to our wedding!
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Veronica
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.9/5.0
Judge Armstrong was great. I had a non-religious ceremony, so it was important to me to find someone for whom this would not be a problem. Judge Armstrong was that person. His website was also awesome. He has several sample ceremonies and probably hundreds of samples of parts of ceremonies to help you put together a ceremony of your own. He charges for the rehearsal, but he has a rehearsal guide on his website that was extremely helpful. He didn't give me much of a critique on the ceremony I'd written, which was a little disappointing, but I did email it to him just a couple of weeks before the wedding (he recommends having it finished a couple of months beforehand) so I mostly blame myself for that. His prices are right in line with what other officiants charge, and he doesn't even ask that you feed him! He was thoroughly pleasant in person, and did an awesome job with the ceremony. His voice is great, and he was obviously prepared and experienced. I wholeheartedly recommend Judge Armstrong.
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Judge Tom Armstrong responded with the following comments:

Thank you Veronica. The initial wording you chose was excellent. I usually just point out problem areas. I put it in my formatting and sent it back. I reread your e-mail of July 10th, when you sent your ceremony selections, and you asked about the "cohesiveness." I missed mentioning that in my reply on July 14th with the formatted ceremony attached. Your choices were very well done and it was cohesive, clear and flowed well. I would have pointed out difficult areas, but all I needed were the reader's names. I get selections missing rings, pronouncements, etc. I point this out and also note areas without a good transition, etc. You did a very good job on your first try and my critique should have mentioned that. After over 4,000 ceremonies I know a good ceremony wording when I see it - and yours was very good. I should have said that. Best wishes. Tom
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JLeslie
Wedding:
8/9/2008
4.9/5.0
Tom was very helpful throughout the process. He offers extensive amounts of information on his website and via email. He was quick to respond to inquiries and had the answers to all our questions. He is definitely very experienced in the industry. He was also very thorough when helping us plan the wedding to ensure that he directed the ceremony exactly as we wished. Further, he provided helpful recommendations and minor adjustments to our ceremony draft that we appreciated.

At an additional cost, we requested that he be present at our rehearsal. He arrived in a timely manner and utilized his strong presence to guide us through the rehearsal in an effective and efficient manner. It was great to meet him in person prior to the ceremony, and he also provided much guidance/suggestions about where to go, how to line up, etc... during the ceremony.

He also followed up with the marriage certificate in a very timely manner. He submitted the certificate to the county for authorization the Monday following our Saturday ceremony and sent a copy to us promptly for our records. This also included several informational memos to guide us through the follow up process (name changes, etc..). He was very helpful, very nice, and I would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking to be married by a Justice of the Peace.
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MNBride2010
Wedding:
3/26/2010
4.9/5.0
Tom was great and very responsive and professional!!
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Zubayda
Wedding:
7/7/2013
4.8/5.0
Judge Armstrong was a pleasure to work with. He was very helpful with the ceremony planning process. He also provided valuable information on the name change process after the wedding. I'm a stickler for punctuality, so I like that he arrived early to familiarize himself with the key players. Judge Armstrong spoke clearly and was very professional. We could tell that he really enjoys officiating weddings. Very nice man!
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Betsy82
Wedding:
7/9/2011
3.4/5.0
Judge Armstrong is very responsive via email and has an extensive library of sample ceremonies to chose from. This was extremely helpful as we planned our ceremony. However, I was not 100% satisfied on the wedding day. About 10 minutes before the ceremony, Judge Armstrong came rushing into my room and was pressuring me to "sign the marriage license right now." I told him that I wanted to wait until after the ceremony because I wanted to get some pictures of the signing. He was pushy about it and that bothered me. I was trying to "take a deep breath" before the ceremony and he added stress to the situation. He made a comment about how he needed to leave right after the ceremony because he had another wedding-- as if it was somehow my fault that he seemed to have booked weddings too close to each other. That made it all seem like my wedding wasn't very special at all and it was "just another" wedding to him. It left me with a bad feeling.
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Judge Tom Armstrong responded with the following comments:

I guess I can't please everyone. The Marriage certificate was signed after the ceremony - as the Bride wanted it. Usually I sign it before, because there is time. I was there at least 35 minutes early. I talked to the DJ, talked to the Groom, got hooked up to the microphone for the video, obtained the marriage license and completed my part, then I saw the Bride. I had tried to see her when I got there but was told she was resting before the ceremony. I saw her last after making all the other contacts. I did discuss with her signing before. Many times I have had to wait for a receiving line and it has taken up to 30 to 40 minutes to get the signatures of the Bride and Groom. The county from which the couple purchased their marriage license, Hennepin, has a signature line for the bride and groom. All the other metro counties follow the state law and only require the officiant and witness signatures. We did it the way the Bride wanted, but right after the ceremony. There were pictures taken. I then left and went to another wedding arriving more than 40 minutes early for that wedding. I do schedule more then one wedding on a day, but I leave enough time in between. I didn't "rush in" or "pressure" the bride - I merely suggested we could get the signing completed before the ceremony. I didn't want to wait for a receiving line to be completed. When she was suddenly upset about my suggestion, I suggested immediately after the ceremony. Then we did it her way. The photographers also like to get the signing picture done before - if possible. I received complements on the ceremony that day and I am amazed that the Bride is so upset. Oh well, I will continue to do my best at every wedding.

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