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Meaningful Marriages

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

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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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Beth
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Larry was great. His standard ceremony is touching and beautiful, and can be adapted for either a secular or religious ceremony (we requested a totally secular service, and he cheerfully obliged). I love the way he emphasizes the formation of a new family, and the friendship that is the foundation of a good marriage. I'm not a very sentimental person, but the words he said at our wedding meant a lot to me. Many of our guests commented on what a good job he did. He was a very calming presence on our important day.
Larry was great. His standard ceremony is touching and beautiful, and can be adapted for either a secular or religious Read more...
Larry was great. His standard ceremony is touching and beautiful, and can be adapted for either a secular or religious ceremony (we requested a totally secular service, and he cheerfully obliged). I love the way he emphasizes the formation of a new family, and the friendship that is the foundation of a good marriage. I'm not a very sentimental person, but the words he said at our wedding meant a lot to me. Many of our guests commented on what a good job he did. He was a very calming presence on our important day. Read less
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MrsNiebz
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
A lot of people tend to focus on the reception when planning a wedding but for me, the ceremony was the entire point of the wedding so it was extremely important to me that the ceremony be true to our relationship and be meaningful! Rev Larry is a very warm and friendly man, making him instantly likeable by guests. Our ceremony was able to be tailored to us, for example we are not very religious people so he was able to leave the religious parts out. At a lot of weddings that I've attended the rev/priest/minister tends to talk for what feels like hours about things that are not pertainent to the couple or ceremony... This is not the case with Rev Larry! Rev Larry went over everything with us prior to the ceremony (we did not have a rehearsal dinner), everything that was said was tailored to our wants/needs and it was all very meaningful! After the ceremony I got several compliments including "what a loving ceremony" and "what a beautiful reading" ! If you want a thoughtful/meaninful ceremony we highly recommend Rev. Larry!
A lot of people tend to focus on the reception when planning a wedding but for me, the ceremony was the entire point of Read more...
A lot of people tend to focus on the reception when planning a wedding but for me, the ceremony was the entire point of the wedding so it was extremely important to me that the ceremony be true to our relationship and be meaningful! Rev Larry is a very warm and friendly man, making him instantly likeable by guests. Our ceremony was able to be tailored to us, for example we are not very religious people so he was able to leave the religious parts out. At a lot of weddings that I've attended the rev/priest/minister tends to talk for what feels like hours about things that are not pertainent to the couple or ceremony... This is not the case with Rev Larry! Rev Larry went over everything with us prior to the ceremony (we did not have a rehearsal dinner), everything that was said was tailored to our wants/needs and it was all very meaningful! After the ceremony I got several compliments including "what a loving ceremony" and "what a beautiful reading" ! If you want a thoughtful/meaninful ceremony we highly recommend Rev. Larry! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Larry was a great officiant for our wedding. He was very helpful with the planning of our ceremony and made everything simple. Our ceremony was beautiful and we received nothing but compliments. I would recommend him to anyone getting married in Pittsburgh.
Larry was a great officiant for our wedding. He was very helpful with the planning of our ceremony and made everything Read more...
Larry was a great officiant for our wedding. He was very helpful with the planning of our ceremony and made everything simple. Our ceremony was beautiful and we received nothing but compliments. I would recommend him to anyone getting married in Pittsburgh. Read less
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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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Heather
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I reached out to Larry after being referred to him by a family member. Neither one of us practice a specific religion - my husband was raised Catholic and my mother was raised Catholic and father raised Jewish, so I grew up learning about both religions and traditions. I was a little nervous about finding an officiant that would allow the customization I wanted in our wedding ceremony without using a Justice of the Peace. Larry was AMAZING! He was so flexible and more than willing to incorporate the special traditions that we wanted to include and he also added some unique things of his own that really made our ceremony special. He was so easy to work with and whenever I had a question, he was very responsive. We initially met with Larry and he reviewed his general ceremony and we discussed the things important to us as well. I spoke to Larry a few more times on the phone just to go over the order of everything when it was coming down to finalizing the details. I would also like to point out that we got married at Heinz Chapel, which has a very strict 60 minute allocation for the ceremony (and/or after ceremony photos) - Larry did an incredible job of keeping our ceremony at an appropriate amount of time - it wasn't too short and wasn't too long and we had plenty of time afterwards to get all of our pictures in as well. Our guests continually tell us how much they loved our ceremony and we felt that the ceremony really made our wedding day special. During our ceremony, our two year old ring bearer got a little anxious and stir-crazy, and Larry did a great job of creating an atmosphere that made the issue a little more bearable for everyone!

I would definitely recommend Larry to anyone looking for a spiritual officiant in the Pittsburgh area - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you so much Larry for making our wedding day so memorable and special!
My husband and I reached out to Larry after being referred to him by a family member. Neither one of us practice a Read more...
My husband and I reached out to Larry after being referred to him by a family member. Neither one of us practice a specific religion - my husband was raised Catholic and my mother was raised Catholic and father raised Jewish, so I grew up learning about both religions and traditions. I was a little nervous about finding an officiant that would allow the customization I wanted in our wedding ceremony without using a Justice of the Peace. Larry was AMAZING! He was so flexible and more than willing to incorporate the special traditions that we wanted to include and he also added some unique things of his own that really made our ceremony special. He was so easy to work with and whenever I had a question, he was very responsive. We initially met with Larry and he reviewed his general ceremony and we discussed the things important to us as well. I spoke to Larry a few more times on the phone just to go over the order of everything when it was coming down to finalizing the details. I would also like to point out that we got married at Heinz Chapel, which has a very strict 60 minute allocation for the ceremony (and/or after ceremony photos) - Larry did an incredible job of keeping our ceremony at an appropriate amount of time - it wasn't too short and wasn't too long and we had plenty of time afterwards to get all of our pictures in as well. Our guests continually tell us how much they loved our ceremony and we felt that the ceremony really made our wedding day special. During our ceremony, our two year old ring bearer got a little anxious and stir-crazy, and Larry did a great job of creating an atmosphere that made the issue a little more bearable for everyone!

I would definitely recommend Larry to anyone looking for a spiritual officiant in the Pittsburgh area - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you so much Larry for making our wedding day so memorable and special! 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!

Thanks, Larry! Read less
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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:
1+ year ago
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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