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Meaningful Marriages

Pittsburgh , PA
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20 Ridge Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15221 US (map)

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412-271-7464

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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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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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Dominick
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
My family would like to thank Larry for his services! Larry took our event on short notice and was able to walk us through the process so that my wife and I had one less thing to worry about on our wedding day. He is very personable, as was his ceremony, and we received many compliments from our guests. We highly recommend Rev. Larry Goyda!
My family would like to thank Larry for his services! Larry took our event on short notice and was able to walk us through Read more...
My family would like to thank Larry for his services! Larry took our event on short notice and was able to walk us through the process so that my wife and I had one less thing to worry about on our wedding day. He is very personable, as was his ceremony, and we received many compliments from our guests. We highly recommend Rev. Larry Goyda! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We found Larry through the recommendation of a family friend. Our friend had been to a few weddings that Larry officiated and told us that all of those ceremonies were unique and special to each couple. We decided to book him and I'm very glad that we did because he created a ceremony for us that was absolutely perfect. Since my husband and I have different religions, we wanted to have a more universal ceremony that would bring all of our beliefs together. Larry's ceremony did just that. And after finding out that my husband's family is from Guatemala, he even asked if during the ceremony he could wear a special vest that he owned that was from Guatemala. We loved the idea and I think it helped to make our ceremony extra special!

Since my husband and I live in Philadelphia, we were worried about what officiant we would get and how meaningful we would be able to make it. But after meeting Larry, we really felt at ease with the whole thing. He went through the ceremony with us, explained the meaning of each part, and also asked us about ourselves and our lives together. He used that information to make a beautiful ceremony that was really about us. He even remembered that we had a cat and mentioned her during the ceremony!

We received so many compliments after the ceremony saying how beautiful it was and how perfect it was for us. Even our family members who originally wanted us to get married in a strict Catholic ceremony said that everything Larry said was a wonderful!

I would recommend Larry to any couple who is seeking a wedding ceremony that reflects them as a couple and the life that they will build together!

Thanks, Larry!
We found Larry through the recommendation of a family friend. Our friend had been to a few weddings that Larry officiated Read more...
We found Larry through the recommendation of a family friend. Our friend had been to a few weddings that Larry officiated and told us that all of those ceremonies were unique and special to each couple. We decided to book him and I'm very glad that we did because he created a ceremony for us that was absolutely perfect. Since my husband and I have different religions, we wanted to have a more universal ceremony that would bring all of our beliefs together. Larry's ceremony did just that. And after finding out that my husband's family is from Guatemala, he even asked if during the ceremony he could wear a special vest that he owned that was from Guatemala. We loved the idea and I think it helped to make our ceremony extra special!

Since my husband and I live in Philadelphia, we were worried about what officiant we would get and how meaningful we would be able to make it. But after meeting Larry, we really felt at ease with the whole thing. He went through the ceremony with us, explained the meaning of each part, and also asked us about ourselves and our lives together. He used that information to make a beautiful ceremony that was really about us. He even remembered that we had a cat and mentioned her during the ceremony!

We received so many compliments after the ceremony saying how beautiful it was and how perfect it was for us. Even our family members who originally wanted us to get married in a strict Catholic ceremony said that everything Larry said was a wonderful!

I would recommend Larry to any couple who is seeking a wedding ceremony that reflects them as a couple and the life that they will build together!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I should start by stating that we did not have a traditional wedding. Even though my wife and I had talked about what we wanted on our wedding day, the actual planning only took about three weeks from the time we booked the location to the actual wedding. By design we wanted a “surprise” wedding. Meaningful Marriages and Larry played such an important role in pulling this off that the day would have only been a fancy backyard picnic without him. Larry helped guide us through and ensure that all the right processes and paper work were done (we live in NY, and got married in PA), so that the wedding day could be memorable for all the right reasons. There were so many little things that because of his experience and knowledge, made planning and coordinating that much easier. Larry’s attitude and demeanor helped alleviate the stresses that can arise on a wedding day. He socialized with the other guests, as to not let them know his role in what was about to happen. The actual ceremony was wonderful. His knowledge and experience ensured that great picture moments during the service were plentiful. Kristina and I were extremely pleased with the ceremony. We had several guests also comment on how lovely they thought the wedding ceremony was. From the great insight and guidance leading up to the ceremony to all the requests that we had; Larry was instrumental in creating the wedding day memories that we will cherish for our lifetime. We would highly recommended Rev. Larry and Meaningful Marriages
I should start by stating that we did not have a traditional wedding. Even though my wife and I had talked about what we Read more...
I should start by stating that we did not have a traditional wedding. Even though my wife and I had talked about what we wanted on our wedding day, the actual planning only took about three weeks from the time we booked the location to the actual wedding. By design we wanted a “surprise” wedding. Meaningful Marriages and Larry played such an important role in pulling this off that the day would have only been a fancy backyard picnic without him. Larry helped guide us through and ensure that all the right processes and paper work were done (we live in NY, and got married in PA), so that the wedding day could be memorable for all the right reasons. There were so many little things that because of his experience and knowledge, made planning and coordinating that much easier. Larry’s attitude and demeanor helped alleviate the stresses that can arise on a wedding day. He socialized with the other guests, as to not let them know his role in what was about to happen. The actual ceremony was wonderful. His knowledge and experience ensured that great picture moments during the service were plentiful. Kristina and I were extremely pleased with the ceremony. We had several guests also comment on how lovely they thought the wedding ceremony was. From the great insight and guidance leading up to the ceremony to all the requests that we had; Larry was instrumental in creating the wedding day memories that we will cherish for our lifetime. We would highly recommended Rev. Larry and Meaningful Marriages Read less
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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
Larry was absolutley amazing! I got so many compliments on him. He made us and everyone else feel so comforatable. He is Read more...
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!

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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!
Rev. Larry Goyda was beyond incredible. We found him online a month before our wedding, after our previous pastor backed Read more...
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! Read less
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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.
Rev. Larry Goyda is incredible. He was everything I could have requested; friendly, calming, caring, AND professional. He Read more...
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. Read less
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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!
Rev. Larry Goyda was a wonderful officiant for my wedding. He took the time to meet with us prior to the wedding day and Read more...
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! Read less
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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!!
We can't recommend Larry enough! We were attending a wedding of a family member where Larry was the officiant. Half way Read more...
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!! Read less
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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!
Larry did a wonderful job officiating our wedding ceremony at Heinz Chapel. He answered all of our questions and helped Read more...
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! Read less
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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!!
If you are looking for a warm, intimate, and very personal wedding ceremony please stop your search. Larry provided a Read more...
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!! Read less
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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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