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Rev. Claire Goodman

Charlottesville , VA
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Charlottesville, VA 22903 US (map)

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434-882-2680

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As an ordained Interfaith Minister I create and perform beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies throughout Central Virginia and sometimes beyond. I'd love to work with you to be sure... Read more
As an ordained Interfaith Minister I create and perform beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies throughout Central Virginia and sometimes beyond. I'd love to work with you to be sure that your ceremony is personal and meaningful to you and your familes. Give me a call! Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, No Denomination, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Unitarian

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many ways. The ceremony was short and sweet - exactly what we wanted - but absolutely conveyed the love we wanted to express. She provided so many options for us to choose from to help create our vows and other ceremony components. It was the perfect ceremony!
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many Read more...
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many ways. The ceremony was short and sweet - exactly what we wanted - but absolutely conveyed the love we wanted to express. She provided so many options for us to choose from to help create our vows and other ceremony components. It was the perfect ceremony! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her process before we even booked her. Since we were not doing a religious ceremony, I thought the process of designing the format and choosing the language would be daunting, but Claire made it extremely easy. She paid careful attention to what we wanted. She provided a lot of guidance, but at the same time had a very streamlined process so it wasn't time consuming to work with her. I wanted a mixture of traditional and contemporary, so having the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options and mix and match was very much appreciated. I also really appreciated that she was happy to read a poem I had selected. Claire was extremely professional, warm, friendly, and experienced, and we would highly recommend her!
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her Read more...
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her process before we even booked her. Since we were not doing a religious ceremony, I thought the process of designing the format and choosing the language would be daunting, but Claire made it extremely easy. She paid careful attention to what we wanted. She provided a lot of guidance, but at the same time had a very streamlined process so it wasn't time consuming to work with her. I wanted a mixture of traditional and contemporary, so having the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options and mix and match was very much appreciated. I also really appreciated that she was happy to read a poem I had selected. Claire was extremely professional, warm, friendly, and experienced, and we would highly recommend her! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
5/30/2015
4.8/5.0
Rev. Claire Goodman was so respectful and accommodating when helping us plan our wedding ceremony. Her organization and advanced knowledge of a variety of traditions and cultures is amazing. She was able to help us balance our beliefs and preferences with those of our families to create a perfect blend of tradition and personalization for our ceremony. We got many compliments on our ceremony, and it was all thanks to the guidance and professionalism of Rev. Claire.
Rev. Claire Goodman was so respectful and accommodating when helping us plan our wedding ceremony. Her organization and Read more...
Rev. Claire Goodman was so respectful and accommodating when helping us plan our wedding ceremony. Her organization and advanced knowledge of a variety of traditions and cultures is amazing. She was able to help us balance our beliefs and preferences with those of our families to create a perfect blend of tradition and personalization for our ceremony. We got many compliments on our ceremony, and it was all thanks to the guidance and professionalism of Rev. Claire. Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
4/25/2015
1.9/5.0
She did not place her microphone properly. Her voice was only amplified when she leaned her head down. We could barely hear her in the first row. She should have realized this herself or she should have been corrected and her microphone readjusted
She did not give a microphone to the bride and groom to hold as they read their vows. They wrote such beautiful words and only the people in the first rows heard them, and even then we had to strain. She should have given them the mike that she was using or had the readers bring the mike to her so she could hand it to them. This error was very unprofessional Our guests were very disappointed they could not hear the ceremony and vows.
Someone who has performed what I can only guess to be dozens of weddings needed to be more alert when something is not right, they need to correct it. She herself said this was not a performance but a beautiful ceremony. . Unfortunately the ceremony was so beautiful but only heard by the front rows.
she then told our planner that there was a problem with the audio equipment and we should get a refund from the UVA Chapel. This was not true. When the mic was used by the readers it worked properly when they held it as they should.
The ceremony was not personalized even though the couple had filled out a lengthy questionnaire. It was generic and could have been anyone's ceremony. I would advise anyone who is choosing an officiant to go to a service they are performing before hiring them. We told our planner we wanted to speak to her after the ceremony but she never responded to us.
She did not place her microphone properly. Her voice was only amplified when she leaned her head down. We could barely Read more...
She did not place her microphone properly. Her voice was only amplified when she leaned her head down. We could barely hear her in the first row. She should have realized this herself or she should have been corrected and her microphone readjusted
She did not give a microphone to the bride and groom to hold as they read their vows. They wrote such beautiful words and only the people in the first rows heard them, and even then we had to strain. She should have given them the mike that she was using or had the readers bring the mike to her so she could hand it to them. This error was very unprofessional Our guests were very disappointed they could not hear the ceremony and vows.
Someone who has performed what I can only guess to be dozens of weddings needed to be more alert when something is not right, they need to correct it. She herself said this was not a performance but a beautiful ceremony. . Unfortunately the ceremony was so beautiful but only heard by the front rows.
she then told our planner that there was a problem with the audio equipment and we should get a refund from the UVA Chapel. This was not true. When the mic was used by the readers it worked properly when they held it as they should.
The ceremony was not personalized even though the couple had filled out a lengthy questionnaire. It was generic and could have been anyone's ceremony. I would advise anyone who is choosing an officiant to go to a service they are performing before hiring them. We told our planner we wanted to speak to her after the ceremony but she never responded to us. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel of who we each were and what type of ceremony we wanted both individually and as a couple. We asked for a light hearted ceremony that incorporated our friends and family into our union, that was not completely void of religion, but that had enough to make the families happy. She nailed it. Her words were beautiful, we had FUN during the ceremony as evidenced by all the laughter and smiles in all of our pictures, and our families loved it as well. I would recommend Claire to anyone as she will create a ceremony as unique and individual as the couple.
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel Read more...
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel of who we each were and what type of ceremony we wanted both individually and as a couple. We asked for a light hearted ceremony that incorporated our friends and family into our union, that was not completely void of religion, but that had enough to make the families happy. She nailed it. Her words were beautiful, we had FUN during the ceremony as evidenced by all the laughter and smiles in all of our pictures, and our families loved it as well. I would recommend Claire to anyone as she will create a ceremony as unique and individual as the couple. Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to make up the perfect ceremony that was totally "us". She was such a pleasure to work with and was a calming force on our big day. Her words were beautifully chosen and we were so thrilled to be her 750th wedding performed! I would recommend Claire to anyone, without reservation, planning a wedding in the Charlottesville area!
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to Read more...
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to make up the perfect ceremony that was totally "us". She was such a pleasure to work with and was a calming force on our big day. Her words were beautifully chosen and we were so thrilled to be her 750th wedding performed! I would recommend Claire to anyone, without reservation, planning a wedding in the Charlottesville area! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype so we could get to know each other a little before the wedding. To make the ceremony more personal, Claire asks you to fill out forms telling her a little about your relationship and favorite things about your partner. Writing and reading each other's answers was one of my husband's and my favorite parts of the whole wedding planning process. We also got to pick each element of our ceremony, from vows to blessings to ring vows. Claire was very responsive and integrated everything we asked for into the ceremony! At the ceremony, Claire's words were both serious and emotional, with just the right touch of levity! Thank you Claire for a beautiful ceremony!
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype Read more...
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype so we could get to know each other a little before the wedding. To make the ceremony more personal, Claire asks you to fill out forms telling her a little about your relationship and favorite things about your partner. Writing and reading each other's answers was one of my husband's and my favorite parts of the whole wedding planning process. We also got to pick each element of our ceremony, from vows to blessings to ring vows. Claire was very responsive and integrated everything we asked for into the ceremony! At the ceremony, Claire's words were both serious and emotional, with just the right touch of levity! Thank you Claire for a beautiful ceremony! Read less
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Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on skype from NYC and then twice before the wedding in Charlottesville. We were nervous about creating the perfect, traditional, Jewish/Christian ceremony and she put our worries to ease. Our ceremony was beautiful and our parents/families were all pleased. We overheard at least 10 guests discussing how great our officiant was. We had 3 couples ask us for her information, and we ourselves were just beyond grateful.
Thank you so much Claire. You are amazing!
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on Read more...
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on skype from NYC and then twice before the wedding in Charlottesville. We were nervous about creating the perfect, traditional, Jewish/Christian ceremony and she put our worries to ease. Our ceremony was beautiful and our parents/families were all pleased. We overheard at least 10 guests discussing how great our officiant was. We had 3 couples ask us for her information, and we ourselves were just beyond grateful.
Thank you so much Claire. You are amazing! Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Claire is wonderful! We were so thrilled to have her plan and officiate our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful, reassuring, and flexible throughout the planning process, and she personalized our ceremony to match our vision perfectly. Ultimately, she designed a warm, upbeat, slightly spiritual ceremony, just as we’d hoped for.

Rev. Claire was great to work with; she even helped us very early on by making great recommendations for other vendors (DJ: T.D. Layman; Harpist: Eve Watters; Photographer: Rob Garland). She’s done many, many Charlottesville area weddings, and she’s very happy to bring her experience to bear to help her brides and grooms. She gave us great advice specific to our venue (King Family Vineyard), which allowed us to avoid mishaps such as poor amplification, lost wedding bands, etc.

Overall, Rev. Claire has a warm, calming presence, and without ever needing to yell or strain her voice, she immediately captures the attention of wedding attendees in a wonderful way. She’s a great person to work with, and she’s incredibly talented at making the ceremony feel special on the actual day. Our wedding would not have been the same without her!
Rev. Claire is wonderful! We were so thrilled to have her plan and officiate our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful, Read more...
Rev. Claire is wonderful! We were so thrilled to have her plan and officiate our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful, reassuring, and flexible throughout the planning process, and she personalized our ceremony to match our vision perfectly. Ultimately, she designed a warm, upbeat, slightly spiritual ceremony, just as we’d hoped for.

Rev. Claire was great to work with; she even helped us very early on by making great recommendations for other vendors (DJ: T.D. Layman; Harpist: Eve Watters; Photographer: Rob Garland). She’s done many, many Charlottesville area weddings, and she’s very happy to bring her experience to bear to help her brides and grooms. She gave us great advice specific to our venue (King Family Vineyard), which allowed us to avoid mishaps such as poor amplification, lost wedding bands, etc.

Overall, Rev. Claire has a warm, calming presence, and without ever needing to yell or strain her voice, she immediately captures the attention of wedding attendees in a wonderful way. She’s a great person to work with, and she’s incredibly talented at making the ceremony feel special on the actual day. Our wedding would not have been the same without her! Read less
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andrea
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
we feel so blessed to have found rev claire goodman of sacred ground ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. both my husband and i are very spiritual but not particularly religious, and both come from religious families who observe different faiths. we met with claire to talk about beliefs about spirituality, love, marriage, our families and our roles within them, what we wanted out of ceremony, what moved us, etc. she really took time to get to know what mattered to us and what would make our ceremony meaningful. claire has a very gentle, kind spriit that makes it easy to talk with her and feel like you have known her for years when you've only actually met twice!
claire ran our rehearsal with professionalism and was very efficient in making sure everyone knew where they were supposed to be, when, how to cue transitions, etc. we felt very comfortable going into our wedding.
the ceremony itself was pure loveliness. claire incorporated everything we asked for and the address and blessings she provided were moving and inclusive of all in attendance. i regret not getting a videographer just so i could watch this ceremony again.
wonderful. highly recommend.
we feel so blessed to have found rev claire goodman of sacred ground ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. both my Read more...
we feel so blessed to have found rev claire goodman of sacred ground ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. both my husband and i are very spiritual but not particularly religious, and both come from religious families who observe different faiths. we met with claire to talk about beliefs about spirituality, love, marriage, our families and our roles within them, what we wanted out of ceremony, what moved us, etc. she really took time to get to know what mattered to us and what would make our ceremony meaningful. claire has a very gentle, kind spriit that makes it easy to talk with her and feel like you have known her for years when you've only actually met twice!
claire ran our rehearsal with professionalism and was very efficient in making sure everyone knew where they were supposed to be, when, how to cue transitions, etc. we felt very comfortable going into our wedding.
the ceremony itself was pure loveliness. claire incorporated everything we asked for and the address and blessings she provided were moving and inclusive of all in attendance. i regret not getting a videographer just so i could watch this ceremony again.
wonderful. highly recommend. Read less
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