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Meaningful Marriages

Pittsburgh , PA
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LOCATION

20 Ridge Road
Pittsburgh, PA US 15221 (map)

PHONE

412-271-7464

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ABOUT US

Rev. Larry Goyda’s passion is bringing couples who are in love together in marriage. He has been honored to have conducted over 1500 wedding ceremonies since 1994. A wedding celebrates... Read more
Rev. Larry Goyda’s passion is bringing couples who are in love together in marriage. He has been honored to have conducted over 1500 wedding ceremonies since 1994. A wedding celebrates the commitment between two people by reflecting the values, beliefs, and meaningful aspects of that relationship. Rev. Goyda will ensure that what is reflected to all in attendance is the love that binds your union. 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?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, 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, absolutely! In fact, many of the ceremonies I perform are outside or in hotels or other venues.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Usually I wear a suit and tie when I officiate, but many couples want something that is in line specifically in with their theme or style, so I do have other ensembles as well. I'd be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely! I encourage you to personalize your ceremony as much as you wish.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, if desired, you may write your own vows.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a list of suggested readings that you may choose from, but if you have something of your own, you are certainly welcome to include that.
How long are your ceremonies?
I generally pace the ceremony to last approximately 30 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No premarital counseling is necessary and people do not have to share my beliefs in order for me to conduct their ceremony.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, I will certainly perform a rehearsal of the ceremony if so desired, however there is an additional fee for this service.

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Anna
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Larry was absolutley amazing! I got so many compliments on him. He made us and everyone else feel so comforatable. He is very genuine and pleasant to be around. Thank you Larry very much for everything!!! You are wonderful!

Anna & Joe Moore
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Neal
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry Goyda was beyond incredible. We found him online a month before our wedding, after our previous pastor backed out on us. He agreed to perform our wedding for us that very same day. He met with us the following week to go over the service with us. He was friendly, professional, and personable. Our service could not have gone any better. Not only was everything that Rev. Goyda said perfectly picked out and meaningful, but the service was also strewn with personalization fitting for my wife and I. After the ceremony my father came up to both myself, and Rev. Goyda to tell us that it was the nicest, and most meaningful ceremony he had ever attended...and he wasn't the only person to come up to us to say so. At least ten people came up to us to say it was the nicest ceremony they had been to, and about another 30 made a point to mention how nice the ceremony was thanks to Rev. Goyda. I don't think there's a better officiant out there. Rev. Goyda cares about the people he marries, the ceremony he performs, and constructs his ceremonies with love, and personalization. I HIGHLY recommend Rev. Goyda to anyone and everyone that wants the best ceremony possible. THANK YOU REV. GOYDA!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry Goyda is incredible. He was everything I could have requested; friendly, calming, caring, AND professional. He is a veteran and can literally handle any situation... One of my bridesmaids forgot her reading and had to leave the podium and grab it... out of her purse... in the last pew in the church...yes, that actually happened! Larry picked up without a beat and told an endearing wedding joke that saved the day! It was such a memorable and sweet moment! A bunch of guests came up to me throughout the evening to mention how much they liked the ceremony and how great of a job Larry did. He is an amazing officiant. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Sera
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry Goyda was a wonderful officiant for my wedding. He took the time to meet with us prior to the wedding day and really spent time going over the ceremony and every detail so that we felt comfortable. Rev. Goyda also braved ten degree temperatures to make my dream of an outdoor winter wedding ceremony a reality. He directed us well throughout the ceremony and kept a smile on his face the whole time which made for great pictures. Highly recommended!
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Stacey
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We can't recommend Larry enough! We were attending a wedding of a family member where Larry was the officiant. Half way through we look at eachother and said "we have to get him!" We talked to Larry after the ceremony and booked him immediately. Larry is a kind, gentle, thoughtful, engaging, and overall a wonderful human being. Our service was so unique, special, and meaninful, there was not a dry eye in the venue. Larry incorporated my son inro the ceremony as well as our dog who was in the wedding. Call Larry immediateley at 412-271-7465, you will not be dissapointed. Happy wedding planning!!
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Katie
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Larry did a wonderful job officiating our wedding ceremony at Heinz Chapel. He answered all of our questions and helped ensure everything ran smoothly during our ceremony and that we were at ease. He has a lovely presence and the words he used in our ceremony were so beautiful, my aunt and grandmother said it brought tears to their eyes! He has done so many weddings and it is obvious that he not only knows what he is doing but he is also really passionate about it! Best of all, he included our seven month old son in the ceremony. Thank you Larry for helping to make our wedding day so perfect!
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a warm, intimate, and very personal wedding ceremony please stop your search. Larry provided a beautiful and truly memorable ceremony. All our guests raved that it was one of the best ceremonies they have ever attended. Larry was very professional and personable and made out day very special. We couldn't have asked for anything more. He walked us through everything and we felt very confident and comfortable with our ceremony. He even mentioned our dogs, who are like our children. Bravo and thanks again!!
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Meaningful Marriages responded with the following comments:

Sarah,
it was a pleasure meeting and working with you and Scott. You two are also very warm and caring people. I would be honored to be a part of your Renewal of Vows 25 years from now. Till then, stay in touch,
Larry
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I had attended several weddings in 2013 conducted by the Rev. Larry Goyda. No matter what the circumstances, a nervous mother of the bride/groom, a 23 degree winter wonderland event, or language barriers between friends and family, he brings all the focus to the bride and groom. Guest don't feel like they are watching an event but participating in the meaning of the day. I call it alchemy.
Meaning ful and memorable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Larry performed our wedding ceremony last week, and we absolutely loved it! He is such a calming presence at the altar, quietly instructed us throughout the ceremony, and was an overall joy to work with! We loved him, his ceremony, and his approach. I'd recommend him to anyone who needs an officiant. You won't regret it. He is just wonderful! Thanks Larry!!!
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry was great!! Very easy to work with and we had a beatiful outdoor wedding ceremony. We also really enjoyed the wording and meaning that he incorporated into his service and felt our vows were meaningful and what marriage is really all about. Overall wonderful experience and would recommend!
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Lori
Wedding:
3/15/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were very pleased with the officiant service provided by Larry Goyda for our March 2013 wedding. Larry is very kind, considerate and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend Larry to a friend planning to get married!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Larry was very friendly and helpful throughout our planning process and he did a wonderful job at our ceremony!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Larry Goyda was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. We only met him once as we didn't have a wedding party. I was worried that I would forget everything on our wedding day; however, he is so calm and professional that everything went very smoothly and gracefully. He really listens to you and the ceremony reflects that. Our guests still talk about how personal and different our wedding ceremony was with Larry officiating. It was a relaxed and joyous affair. I highly recommend Larry Goyda.
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Beth
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a very simple ceromony for our 2nd wedding in September. Larry was awesome!! He made it so personable and suggested and added alot to the ceromony things we didnt even think of. He was also calm and made everyone especially us feel relaxed and comfortable. He made our day special and memorable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I contacted Larry to perform our wedding VERY last minute. He was professional and detailed, and an overall friendly, great guy! We were very pleased with his services and made our day extra special.
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Beverly
Wedding:
6/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Larry was the perfect fit to our wedding. We enjoyed his charismatic attitude, it gave us a comfort that assisted in a flawless ceremony. He involved our children and our guests. Brought tears of joy and laughter throughout the ceremony and remained professional at all times. Thanks Larry!
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kim
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
best officiant ever. larry was absolutely wonderful
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peam
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Larry, we can't thank you enough for making our "double" wedding day perfect!! We appreciated how you personalized our ceremony to meet the needs of two couples and incorporated our family and friends into the service. We would strongly recomend you to anyone!
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Cindy
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
WOW!!! Larry is GREAT!!! We had a small ceremony at my parents home and I really didn't expect much since I just found Larry on the internet. He went "above and beyond" to make me and my fiance feel comfortable and to ensure that our ceremony was something we will never forget!!! I felt like I had known him for a long time after just spending 15 minutes with him. He was responsive to all my questions and his fee was very reasonable. I would HIGHLY recommend Larry!!!
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TMJ Lake
Wedding:
11/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Two of our friends on the South Side mentioned Larry’s name when we told them we were getting married. After looking at his website, we gave him a call and met for lunch. We laughed, we cried, we shared a meal, and after a few hours, we left as friends. We had no idea what kind of service we wanted or how to go about planning it and Larry’s suggestions were a perfect fit for us. We can’t imagine having anyone other than Larry perform our wedding ceremony. If you are looking for someone to perform your ceremony, give Larry a call and spend a few minutes with him. We think you will be glad you did.
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idideal
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
We planned to marry in a hot air balloon, but the ride was cancelled the day before our wedding. We called Larry that day and he not only agreed to marry us the next day, but he also found us a beautiful place to have our ceremony at short notice, and found our photographer. Although the day was not as we had originally planned, we would not trade being married at home with our children, with such heartfelt vows, on top of a hill overlooking the city of Pittsburgh on one side, and Kennywood Park on the other. And it snowed, which looked so beautiful over the river. Thank You, Larry. Sincerely, Dan & Melissa Dudkiewicz 11/11/11 @ 11:11.
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Venue
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Jessicanicole15239
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Larry was the first but not the last officiant I called for our short notice wedding. He was eager to help with ideas that worked for my husband and I as well as my father. due to him being suck with can we I didn't know what would be appropriate for my dad on e the date rolled around.

My husband and I are very no traditional and there were things we did and did not want in our ceremony. Larry was great about this!

Larry also helped with ideas and suggestions which is why we decided on having our ceremony in our home. Initially this wasn't ideal but there was only my husband and I and our parents, sister, and nephew. He even charged us less than his usual rate once he realized how small our wedding was! Overall very personal and he helped us make our wedding be everything that it was! He took a group photo for us and he even hung around afterwards and talked with everyone! (he was invited so this is completely professional)

I've suggested him to any couple I've ever spoken to about weddings because he was beyond fantastic!

Thank you Larry!! From mr and mrs Sayah
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LLMcIndoe
Wedding:
10/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry helped make our wedding day (10/23/11) an experience that will be an amazing lifelong memory. We had hoped for a non-traditional, personal ceremony, and Larry delivered exactly that. His calm and congenial demeanor helped create the relaxed, friendly atmosphere we wanted, and his ceremony was honest, heartfelt, and the most unique wedding experience we have ever enjoyed. Even (perhaps especially) our most traditional and conservative guests were impacted by the intimacy of Rev. Larry's ceremony, and each went out of their way to make sure we were aware of how much they enjoyed it.

We recommend Larry's services to anyone who wants a wedding that feels honest, personal, and free from the traditional script. All of our thanks for being part of our perfect day!

- Laurisa and Bryan McIndoe
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brittany21
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Loved him! We had such a unique and memorable ceremony. He was easy going and lead a relaxed yet romantic ceremony. I would highly recommend him to officiate your wedding.
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We were not looking for an overly religious ceremony but something that resenbled the two of us. Larry helped us customize our ceremony and even add a handfasting tradition that I very much wanted incorporated. Larry has a great heart and was always great company. I felt that he respected our religious believes and understood our wishes for our day. Larry has a great understanding of spirituality and he took the time to get to know us as a couple and converse with us. He was the perfect fit. I would recommend his services to anyone who is looking for an officiant.
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Jillian
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were very particular about the type of ceremony we wanted and Larry was unable to capture those sentiments and respect our vision. We received many compliments from our guests for the job that Larry did.

He was a joy to work with and if we were going to do our wedding over again we would absolutely choose Rev. Goyda.
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Sherry
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry Goyda married my daughter and son-in-law. His approach and attitude kept everyone present in the moment, enjoying the occasion and not thinking about "how things are going." Everyone enjoyed the wedding! My daughter liked working with Larry throughout the whole process of planning the ceremony, and was very happy with her wedding day. She describes it as a fairy tale come true. Thank you Larry!
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KashStep
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry not only made our wedding day (8-27-11) the most special, but he also provided so much spiritual guidance and insight throughout the planning process to make it the most memorable experience. He chose to go above and beyond what was expected. There are truly no words to express just how grateful we are. Nicole Kashmer & Mike Stepek
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Matthew & Lorraine
Wedding:
8/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Larry was a very fun, personal, and, as the name of his website implies, meaningful officiant for our wedding. We were specifically impressed with how easily he could cater the service to our beliefs. He was very attentive to the details that we discussed beforehand, and was able to suggest readings that suited the location of the wedding, our style, and the mood we wanted to evoke. We don't belong to a specific church or faith, and Larry was able to combine the most important aspects of our beliefs into the ceremony to make it very personal and memorable for us. Our friends and family even said that it was one of the most touching ceremonies that they have ever seen. We highly recommend him for any kind of service, and for non-denominational services he is a perfect choice.
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Julie and Light Giuffre
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
We met Larry for the first time on a rainy February evening at a coffee shop and could sense his compassion and caring attitude right away. He walked us through our ceremony, talked to us and just made us feel so comfortable, we knew we wanted him to unite us. Up to the day of our wedding in August, Larry was responsive to our needs and open to ideas. The day of the wedding went beautifully, our ceremony was heartfelt, intimate and truly expressed the love my husband and I have for each other. I receive comments constantly about how much everyone enjoyed our ceremony and how much they felt a part of us and the love we share for each other. Larry was a gift to us, someone who could blend our faiths and recognize the feelings we have for each other as a faith in itself. Thank you Larry for the beautiful start to our lives together.
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Larry did a wonderful job not only officiating our wedding ceremony, but also making sure all of our questions were answered and that our ceremony was personalized and special. We received many compliments from friends and family that our ceremony was beautiful and that Larry had seemed very friendly and warm to them.
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zakry3323
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Larry was amazing! He is absolutely unique among any wedding officiants that I've ever heard of. When we sat down together at the coffee shop, he was very casual and friendly. He made us feel at ease immediately talking casually about our families, our beliefs, and the kind of wedding we were having. As we talked about all the different ways that we could make our wedding special, Larry suprised us with how professional he was and really showed his experience when he recommended different ceremonies and readings that would work for us. We figured out a general layout for the entire wedding ceremony and he gave us copies of everything that we decided on for any specific word changes.

The rehearsal went quickly without any snags. He was very patient with the entire wedding party and made sure that everyone knew exactly what they were doing before we left.

On the day of our wedding, Larry showed up about 2 hours before the ceremony and did another quick run-through with us and made sure that we were all drinking enough water to stay hydrated. It was a beautiful day, but REALLY HOT (July 3rd), so when we asked Larry to make a few last-minute modifications to shorten the ceremony, he knew exactly where and when to cut. It turned out to be an amazing outside wedding, full of what was important to us and our families, emotion, and just the right length. Larry was even kind enough to stick around for some pictures afterwards.

My wife Sarah and I would highly recommend him. It's something special when you get that combination of professional and personable, and Larry's got it in spades. We couldn't imagine having gone with anyone else.
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Carly and Jesse Stokum
Wedding:
6/5/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were looking for someone with that perfect blend of seriousness and fun, someone who could make us feel special but also recognize that we wanted to enjoy our wedding day - Rev. Goyda was that perfect blend! We really appreciated how experienced Larry was, he considered all the little things that we didn't think of and made sure we felt comfortable with every decision.
But the thing that impressed us the most was that he genuinely cared that we were taking a big personal step. We really felt cared for and loved.
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Michael and Luba
Wedding:
4/2/2011
5.0/5.0
One of the best decisions we made while preparing for our wedding was hiring Larry Goyda as our Officiant. Larry, Luba and I can not thank you enough for all that you did for us. My wife is Ukrainian Orthodox, and we couldn't have been happier how you incorporated some of their traditions into our service. The two of us could not have been happier to find that not only did you incorporate the traditions of my wife's church, but you had also done research into the meaning of the traditions we had placed into the service.

We were also very happy with how you communicated with us and met with us a few times to go over last minute details. We had over 200 guests at our reception and almost all of the commented on how your service was one of the best and most personal that they have ever seen.

Thank you again for all that you have done for the two of us. I truly feel that we had the best Officiant in the area.

Michael and Luba
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Irma
Wedding:
1/7/2011
5.0/5.0
He was exactly the type of person I was looking for! He was punctual, reliable, and took care of everything he said he was going to do. I had no problems with him, in fact he took some worries off my shoulders. I was able to focus on my wedding because I was able to rely on him to do his part. He is definitely a high quality person to deal with. I would definitely recommend him to a friend.
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Monique
Wedding:
12/18/2010
5.0/5.0
WE can't thank Rev. Larry enough for making our wedding perfect. From our first conversation to the rehearsal and to our big day,Rev.Larry was very helpful and made us feel at ease. To our surprise he even made mention of our dogs,which really gave a personal touch. A chuckle, laughter and tears, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony.
Rev.Larry is Meaningful Marriages !!!!
Thank you again,
Monique and David Lawrence
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L
Wedding:
11/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank you Larry for doing a wonderful job. Our families were thrilled with the beauty and intimacy of the ceremony. Some said it was the best ceremony they've been to! I also thank you for your flexibility and ability to come up with a ceremony that was so representative of Matthew and I.
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CSILLA/GERALD
Wedding:
10/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Csilla and Gerald would like to express our most genuine thanks and appreciation for the service provided by Rev. Larry. From our initial call, we knew that Rev. Larry was the one who most perfectly fitted our overall needs. He was adaptable, generous, caring, professional, and personable.

The ceremony took place in our living room, with short notice, and it was performed with grace and love; yet with care of detail that suggested extensive planning. This day remains forever etched in our hearts.

Once the ceremony was completed, Rev. Larry did not rush out, as though it was a job, but sat and communed with us for quite some time. We highly recommend Rev. Larry to anyone who seeks a ceremony that is unique to your personal needs.
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natalie
Wedding:
8/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Larry did an amazing job at our wedding ceremony at Bella Sera! The ceremony went very smoothly and the vows were beautiful and perfect for us. Our family and friends really enjoyed the light hearted service as well as Larry's charm. We highly recommend him.


Chris and Natalie Kelly
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Marianne
Wedding:
7/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Goyda's service made us and our guests smile, laugh, and cry. He added so much to our special day. People continue to comment on our ceremony - they tell me that it was heartfelt, touching, inspirational --- and definitely meaningful. Reverend Goyda was a joy to work with, he met with us a few days before our wedding and walked us through everything. Knowing what to expect ahead of time, we were able to relax and enjoy our big day. I would highly recommend using Reverend Goyda. Marianne Baugher Ryan
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Lisa
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
We are so happy that Larry performed our wedding ceremony! From our first meeting we felt like he really listened to us and worked with us to make our ceremony one that would be special and meaningful to us. He has a calming presence and easy-going demeanor which helped to make us feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of a crowd. The ceremony itself was absolutely beautiful and many of our guests have commented on how much they enjoyed our vows. Larry delivers the words from the heart and does not just read them as though going through the motions. We could not have had a more beautiful ceremony! Thank you Larry!!
--Lisa and Justin
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Goyda officiated our wedding ceremony. We didn't want a religious affiliation and he was able to create a wedding ceremony that was absolutely beautiful. We were married on top of Mt. Washington, which Rev. Goyda was very helpful in planning. I highly recommend him to anyone that is looking for a beautiful ceremony!
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brideandgroom
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Larry took the best day of our lives and made it extremely special. He has a very calm presence & doesn't just read words. He creates the true wedding experience.
He was also very helpful in helping us with the legal paperwork (LOL we had no clue what we were supposed to do!).
I would reccomend him to everyone!
It's also great that he will travel to any location.
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Larry was a breath of fresh air and a reality check. When you are planning a wedding there is so much to do, and wedding planning has become such an industry. This can cause you to forget about the marriage that you are entering. Instead of pondering the lifelong commitment, often you're just thinking about the best way to organize and beautify the most expensive party you will ever throw. This is where Larry gets you back on track. Larry takes the time to meet with the bride and groom, reviews information, gets to know you, and truly opens your eyes to the beauty of the ceremony. Believe me, before I met Larry, all I really cared about was the reception, the 'party' aspect of the day. I initially told my husband I just wanted to go to the Justice of the Peace for the ceremony. I am so glad he didn't want that, and that we were lucky enough to have Larry referred to us. Larry met with us (at our convenience, as we live in the DC area) over the Christmas Holiday, and took the time to get to know us and explain the ceremony. I actually remember fighting back tears the first time we met with him. I didn't want to look like a sap, so I choked them back, but that was the moment I realized this ceremony meant something. So, I thank Larry for opening my eyes to the beauty of it all. Larry also made our ceremony personalized and unique. For example, he mentioned our two cats by name. I know it sounds silly, but we got a kick out of it, as did our guests. Larry is a great guy and a truly sensitive person. He is also accommodating and reasonably priced, for those of you interested in the practicalities.
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Alli O
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Larry was great! We went with his traditional service that coincidentally incorporated everything we wanted in our nuptials. Our simple backyard wedding had class and style, all due to Larry's beautiful ceremony. I would suggest practicing the "hand holding" part. My husband couldn't get it to save his life, but his goofs only made things more memorable. Thanks again Larry! p.s. Sorry it took so long to write this review. Shortly after the wedding we started house hunting and after the move, I found out I was pregnant and had a horrible first trimester.
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Justin Fox
Wedding:
3/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Larry was so nice and pleasant. He made my wife and I feel completely at ease throughout the whole process, really adding a personal touch to our service. The "hands" prayer that he says really struck a chord w my wife and I. I would strongly suggest Larry to anyone who is seeking a wedding officiant!
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Lauren
Wedding:
12/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Reverend Larry,
Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony on Christmas Eve. You made our wedding so special, and our guests were telling us at our reception how beautiful your words were.
My husband and I are looking forward to seeing you AGAIN when we renew our vows on our 1 year anniversary.
To all the future brides out there...I highly encourage you to choose Rev. Larry Goyda for your special day.

Thanks and See you soon!
Lauren & Frank
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Eileen
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
As we approach our second anniversary I thought of Larry. He made our ceremony the spiritual, intimate, beautiful wedding of our dreams. My husband and I threw a 1940's Party in 2009 and surprised our guests by getting married, in our living room, during the event. Larry was so flexible he even dressed up for the occasion and pretended to be a family friend until we made our announcement. The guests still talk about the beautiful Indian Blessing he read during the ceremony. We followed up the event with a Catholic ceremony but still feel the ceremony Larry performed was our TRUE wedding.....both legally and spiritually. Thanks Larry. PS. We are still madly in love.
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Terp05
Wedding:
4/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Rev. Goyda a service that was spiritual but also very inclusive. He met with us and called us several times before the wedding to go over what we wanted. The ceremony was beautifully done--his best suggestion was part of the ceremony where we gave small flowers to mothers and grandmothers--and when it was over he helped to distract the location's event coordinator as she was trying to hustle us out while we were taking pictures! We couldn't have had a better experience.
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Shannon
Wedding:
4/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Rev Larry was amazing! Just perfect for our needs. Many people who attended our ceremony said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen!!!
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Jen
Wedding:
8/9/2008
5.0/5.0
Larry Goyda performed our wedding ceremony in August of 2008. He did a fantastic job and we were so appreciative of the help that he gave us in planning our interfaith ceremony. He was able to give us excellent advice and was also very responsive to our ideas and flexible in seamlessly incorporating them. The ceremony was perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything better. Overall we're very grateful to Rev. Goyda for helping make our wedding so memorable. We'd recommend him to anyone! -Jen and Jeremy
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KJ
Wedding:
9/10/2005
5.0/5.0
Rev. Goyda performed the ceremony for my wedding back in September of 2005. It's been almost three years, and anytime someone brings up my wedding, the first comment is always about how beautiful the ceremony was. My husband and I are so glad that we chose to go with Rev. Goyda. He was worth every dime and we'd make the same decision in a heartbeat. I'd definitely recommend his service if you're looking to have a personal and meaningful wedding ceremony.
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Anne
Wedding:
10/9/2005
5.0/5.0
Rev. Goyda officiated our marriage in October 2005, and I just booked him again to do our 10 year vow renewal ceremony next fall. I could not imagine renewing our vows without Rev. Goyda being there to perform them again. Not only is he one of the nicest people you'll meet, he is very good at what he does. Our ceremony vows were beautiful, and he delivered them perfectly. He engaged the audience, and we had many compliments about him afterwards. He is easy to relate to, funny, and kind. I was very happy with our experience with Rev. Goyda and very much look forward to working with him again.
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NewBride
Wedding:
5/17/2008
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved the ceremony provided by Rev. Goyda, and I am very happy that he was the person we chose to be our officiant. The ceremony he performs is beautiful, and he works with you to provide exactly what you're looking for. All of my calls were returned in a timely manner and any questions I had were answered. we were completely satisfied and people are still commenting on our ceremony.
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Dawn
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.9/5.0
Larry was absolutely amazing. He was professional, friendly, courteous, and considerate of our personal beliefs. My guests commented on how great the ceremony was and how Larry made things flow together and "lightened" the mood. He was flexible with times and very understanding. I would highly recommend him.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Larry was absolutely wonderful!! We received so many compliments on our ceremony.
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John
Wedding:
11/20/2010
4.9/5.0
My wife and I found Rev Goyda via an internet search for nondenominational officiants in the Pittsburgh area, and were pleased with our dumb luck in finding him so easily. He was very easy to reach via email and over the phone, and was flexible with his times when it came to meeting us, as we were planning the wedding from out of town. We enjoyed and appreciated meeting with him well in advance of the wedding to discuss specifics of the ceremony. I especially like that he has many pointers and ideas regarding the ceremony, for example pausing when the ring is placed on your finger, kissing a little longer, etc. This showed me that he is interested in your memories (i.e. photographs) of your big day, and not just performing a service and collecting a check.
Larry was extremely helpful in planning our ceremony considering that neither of us are particularly religious, but come from religious families. He worked with us to change the ceremony wording to reflect our particular needs. Most of all, I really appreciated how he thought to involve our young son in the ceremony, and make it about the bond of family as well as a couple.
Overall, Rev Goyda is professional, caring, flexible, and FUN! He did a lot to help ease our nerves at both the rehearsal and the ceremony.
I feel lucky and privileged to have invited him to perform our ceremony.

Thank you Larry!
John&Abbey
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shannon
Wedding:
5/28/2010
4.9/5.0
Rev. Goyda made our wedding day so special. He was so professional and you could tell he was very experienced in conducting marriage ceremonies. Our ceremony was so intimate and sincere, it was perfect. After, all of our guests raved about him and what he said. Our guests all said... "that was how a wedding ceremony should be!" We couldn't have asked for anything better, and he really made us feel at ease during the ceremony and made the guests a part of the ceremony as well. It was fantastic!

Thank you!
Shannon and John
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Megan
Wedding:
2/22/2014
4.8/5.0
Rev. Larry Goyda was such a delight to work with! After our first meeting with Goyda, we knew he was what we were looking for. We wanted a more personal ceremony and Goyda delivered that and so much more. He is very easy going and never had a problem with any changes or ideas we wanted. To this day we are still hearing from our guests on how wonderful and so personal our ceremony was. We cannot thank Rev. Goyda enough for making our ceremony so memorable!
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Frentz
Wedding:
4/21/2012
4.8/5.0
Larry was wonderful! Although he is a very busy man, he always made my husband and I feel number one. He ran our rehearsal for us and was early to everything :)

I would have liked to have had a more personal ceremony, but his words still brought joy to everyone. Thanks Larry!!! :)
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bryantcourt
Wedding:
12/31/2010
4.8/5.0
We are so glad that we found Larry to officiate our wedding. He did a wonderful job balancing my want for a secular wedding with my husband's want for some religious reference. Larry went over our ceremony and vows in detail with us, and allowed us to change things as we saw fit. His standard ceremony/vows has everything a person could want. An Apache prayer was included, which I thought was a beautiful touch. Our wedding was not very traditional, but even if yours will be, Larry is a great person to talk to and to work with. Neither my husband or I had much experience at weddings - even as guests! So Larry's knowledge was a wonderful asset to us. Likewise, he walked us through the actual ceremony like the consummate professional he is. As it turns out, he's married several people we know, and they all give rave reviews as well. Our family and friends all really liked him, and many commented on how great the ceremony was. Last but not least, Larry is just a fun, good guy.

Give Larry Goyda a call!! You won't regret it.
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rachelbankaci
Wedding:
3/6/2010
4.6/5.0
My husband and I were very pleased with our experience with Larry. We felt that he made our ceremony extremely special and meaningful. It was important to us that our ceremony reflected our personalities and our relationship. He spent time with us prior to the ceremony getting to know us and making sure that we were happy with and comfortable with all aspects of the ceremony. We felt that he conducted a beautiful ceremony that we will never forget. Even our guests commented that they had never attended a more beautiful and meaningful ceremony.
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Becky
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.4/5.0
We can't thank Larry enough for performing our ceremony on our very special day. He not only had years of experience, but he also brought so much personality, joy, and laughter into our wedding day! He does an excellent job at handling the high emotions that are brought about on this day with ease and sincerity. Thank you, Larry!
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Alesha
Wedding:
10/19/2012
4.3/5.0
Larry was wonderful. He did a beautiful job at are wedding. So relaxed and calming. Everyone said he did a good job and it was so different. Now my cousin is looking into Larry being her Officiant because she loved him at my wedding!
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Sammy31
Wedding:
10/16/2011
3.9/5.0
Larry was an excellent choice for our minister. We wanted our wedding to be fun and a little non-traditional. Larry had a great sense of humor and I received many compliments from my guests. He made the ceremony personal and helped immensely by facilitating the entire ceremony so that it would run smoothly.
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Meaningful Marriages responded with the following comments:

Usually when someone says so many positive things about me, I am thankful for the kind words and positive affirmations. However, the 3.9 score that she gave me does not jive with what she said. "I was an excellent choice, I was fun and had a great sense of humor, she received many compliments from her guests, and I conducted the ceremony and rehearsal so that everything was executed with precision and ease and a light heartedness. As for as flexibility, they
( Jim and Samantha) changed their rehearsal time on me from in the early afternoon to 7:00 pm on Sat. 15th. And I accommodated them gracefully and without complaint. I'd say I was VERY Flexible. And my value to services rendered was in line with what I told them my rates would be before I ever met with them. So as much as I appreciate thier accurate assesment of how I conducted the Wedding, Rehearsal and Myself, I feel the 3.9 score does not reflect her appreciation of my services.
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jackiepepe
Wedding:
9/19/2009
3.9/5.0
Rev. Larry was extremely nice, understanding, and accommodating for our interfaith wedding. There were a few hitches in the ceremony that annoyed me, for example encouraging that our first kiss last longer for photographers sake... I don't know about you, but when I was kissing my husband for the first time, I really didn't want or need any weird encouragement. Overall though, he was sweet and thoughtful and wore yellow socks, which made me smile :)
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Meaningful Marriages responded with the following comments:

Yep, I did encourage them to kiss a little longer for the photographer. That is exactly what I told them that I might do. There are a few places in the ceremony where I tell them they may want to pose a bit for a nice picture to have later. I go over this when I meet with them the first time and any subsequent times that we are together, either at another meeting or at the rehearsal. I speak with the photographers about any places where things are going to happen, such as flowers, unity candle, sand ceremony, readings, etc. I often have the participants posed in a certain way so that a good picture can be taken and their guests can see what's going on. And if any one requests it, I can wear those yellow socks again.
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SB
Wedding:
6/7/2008
3.1/5.0
Rev. Goyda was pleasant to work with, but I don't think I would recommend him. He was not very professional and not always responsive.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.8/5.0
I will start off by saying our ceremony was nice... it was the length we wanted, the content was what we wanted, and our families enjoyed it. That being said, I still would NOT recommend Meaningful Marriages. Long story short- Larry was 35 minutes late for our first meeting with him (which I had to call and set up, even though he said he would). After 15 minutes of waiting, I had to call and remind him of this meeting and then wait for him to arrive. Even worse, he was 15 minutes late for our ceremony. My husband and I, as well as every member of our familes, arrived at the park 15 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start, and he finally showed up 10 minutes after the agreed upon start time, blaming the delay on traffic. Not only that, he wasn't even ready for the ceremony- he had to crawl into the back of his van to change into wedding appropriate clothing. After the wedding he gave our paperwork to the best man and said he had to run because he had another wedding that evening in another part of town. But, when we left the park (after photos, chatting with the fam, etc.) he was still there talking to some random person. Two days after the ceremony my husband and I realized we never actually signed something and had a mini panic attack and called Larry to make sure we didn't need to- he never returned my call. It seems that lots of folks have had good experiences with Meaningful Marriages, but I wouldn't even consider recommending them after the unprofessionalism we had to deal with.
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Meaningful Marriages responded with the following comments:

Yes, I was 35 minutes late for the meeting and it was all my fault. I forgot about the time until Anonymous (Christian) called me and reminded me. I am very respectful of others time and apologized for my oversight. The meeting went well. The day of the ceremony 10-11-12, I left Forest Hiils at 2:50pm for their 4pm wedding at the West End Overlook. Traffic on the parkway was absolutley terrible, by 3:30pm I had only made it to the Blvd. of Allies Exit. I called them at 3:33 and left a message that I was stuck in traffic, I called again at 3:38 and again at 3:44. They called me back at 3:46pm and I spoke with them about where I was at.(I checked my Verizon account, so I know the exact times) I arrived a little after 4:00 pm and got out of my van (actually a small RV) and spoke with them. I do drive a small RV and usually speak about it when I meet with couples. I show up in regular clothes and when I get to a wedding, I change into the appropriate attire. It is high enough to stand in and large enough to hang many changes of clothes in, so I did not crawl into my RV, I walked into it, and when I walk out of it, my clothes are not wrinkled. Most couples find this a plus. Not sure why this next thing is an issue for her, but after the ceremony, I stayed long enough to take care of the license, spoke to a few people and yes, I did need to get to another ceremony and I had no further need to be there, and they no had further need of my time. As I was walking to my RV, a couple began to speak with me (it was obvious to them that I was a Minister and I had just conducted a Wedding Ceremony) about my services. I gave the a card and went on my way. She said she called me and left a message about the license. I never received a message from her and I checked my Verizon account and the last time I was called by them was on 10/11/12 @ 3:46 pm. I have conducted over 1800 Wedding Ceremonies since 1994. I am well known, well respected, and am referred to by many other wedding professionals and couples. I treat my couples with respect, I listen to them, I put them first, give them my best, tell the truth, and ALWAYS follow through. I do make mistakes sometimes, and I do apolgize again for being late to the meeting.
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Koreerae
Wedding:
6/7/2009
1.2/5.0
AWFUL! The only thing this man wants is money!!!!!! We booked him a year in advance the week before he told us he couldn't make it to our rehearsal because he wanted to "squeeze in" another wedding! We were furious! The day of the wedding the FIRST thing he asked me is where is my CHECK!!!!! No Congrats, No Hugs, nothing just where is my check...AWFUL AWFUL then as I (the bride) gets to the alter with my father he asked me what my NAME was!!!! The entire ceremony was joke and I would never ever recommend him!!!!! He is quick to respond and meet but is so full of crap and only wants your money....luckily are reception was beautiful!
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Meaningful Marriages responded with the following comments:

Yes, they did book me a year in advance for Sunday, June 7, 2009
at 4:00 P.M. @ The Priory. Six months prior to their wedding, I contacted Koree about a time for the rehearsal, as I was contacted by someone who wanted a wedding @ 3:00 P.M. on Saturday June 6,2009 I was told that no specific time was yet decided, but that it would probably be late afternoon, early evening the day before. I told the other couple that I could do their wedding if It would start no later than 1:00 P.M. as I had a rehearsal to do.
One week BEFORE their wedding, Koree informed me that the rehearsal would be @ 1:00 P.M. on June 6. I told her that I was booked with a wedding and that I could do The rehearsal either @
11:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.. Neither of these times were suitable for her.I even offered to meet with them to go over things, this too, was turned down I then contacted Walter ,the Main Wedding Coordinator, @ The Priory ( someone I have worked with many many times before).
Walter said that since having worked with me so much, he knew my approach to conducting the ceremony and would run the rehearsal in my place, ( which he does for many couples anyway.)
So, I DID NOT "Squeeze Another Wedding In", this wedding had been planned for six months
When I meet with couples, I go over my fees and what type of payment secures the date and when the balance is due. As stated to them and posted on my web site: final payment is due 30 - 60 days before the date of their wedding. If payment is not received 30 to 60 days before, I STILL SHOW UP. This was the case with this couple. I do ask the couple to take care of any money due and to complete the Marriage License BEFORE the start of the wedding. In this case that is what was needed. In no way was this the FIRST thing that was brought up. Trying to complete these 2 tasks after the ceremony can be difficult.Ask any Wedding Officiant or any other wedding vendor.
When I get to the ceremony, I first speak with the person coordinating the Hall or Church. I then speak with the musicians, photographers, videographer (if any), The Bride, Groom, the Father of the Bride, any readers and anyone else having any part of the Ceremony. Often, when a Bride enters and is walked up to be presented, She is nervous. I often times say something to help alleviate some of that nervousness. In this case, I said to her as she was standing there waiting for the music to fade into the background, " It is Koree, isn't it" It's a line I use sometimes. It may be corny, but it's said to try to loosen someone up.She is the first one ever to be offended by it or to take it seriously.
As far as the ceremony being a joke, if someone has a video of it, it would show that the ceremony was conducted with Respect, Dignity, and with a sense of Sacredness.
On June 26th, I was once again at The Priory to conduct a wedding and I spoke with Walter about this review. He was surprised to hear something like this being said about me. I am on their referral list and this couple was directly referred to me from The Priory. Nothing was said to him about me or any of what the they are claiming.
I have conducted over 1500 Wedding Ceremonies since 1994.
I am well known, well respected, and am referred to by many other wedding professionals and couples. I treat my couples with respect, I listen to them, I put them first, give them my best, tell the truth, and ALWAYS follow through.


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