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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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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Most of my ceremonies are held at wineries, resorts, hotels and other non-religious sites.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Generally I wear a long black skirt and jacket. Clergy robes are available if requested.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Each ceremony is a unique creation... specifically for the couple.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Many of my couples like to write their own vows, but in the alternative I provide dozens of choices for not only their vow, but all of the other elements of their ceremony as well.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I can provide lots of resources for finding beautiful readings but the couple is welcome to draw on any resources they may come across.
How long are your ceremonies?
Ceremony length is dependent on what the couple chooses. A very basic ceremony could be 10 or 15 minutes and a ceremony where rituals, readings and so forth are desired might run 30 minutes or longer.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, but I am always happy to make a referral to a good couples counselor.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely! I conduct rehearsals for about 75% of my couples.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Claire is wonderful. She listens and implemented everything that we had wished to be included in our ceremony. She is very easy to work with and very professional. Our ceremony was perfect in every way.
Claire is wonderful. She listens and implemented everything that we had wished to be included in our ceremony. She is very Read more...
Claire is wonderful. She listens and implemented everything that we had wished to be included in our ceremony. She is very easy to work with and very professional. Our ceremony was perfect in every way. Read less
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Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
We were incredibly impressed by Claire's thoughtfulness, passion, and professionalism. She was organized and responsive, and she delivered a ceremony that really captured who we are as a couple. We appreciated how flexible she was with us and knew she would work with us to build a ceremony that reflected our values and priorities. We received tremendous feedback from our friends and families about our ceremony, and we walked away from our wedding weekend SO thankful that we had the opportunity to work with Claire. - Claire, you made us feel incredibly comfortable throughout the wedding planning process, and we cannot thank you enough for the words you shared on our wedding day. We are incredibly grateful!
We were incredibly impressed by Claire's thoughtfulness, passion, and professionalism. She was organized and responsive, Read more...
We were incredibly impressed by Claire's thoughtfulness, passion, and professionalism. She was organized and responsive, and she delivered a ceremony that really captured who we are as a couple. We appreciated how flexible she was with us and knew she would work with us to build a ceremony that reflected our values and priorities. We received tremendous feedback from our friends and families about our ceremony, and we walked away from our wedding weekend SO thankful that we had the opportunity to work with Claire. - Claire, you made us feel incredibly comfortable throughout the wedding planning process, and we cannot thank you enough for the words you shared on our wedding day. We are incredibly grateful! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Claire was amazing! She worked with my (now) husband and I to tailor-make the wedding ceremony of our dreams! It was beautiful and so special because we had been such an integral part in creating it. She helped us create a ceremony that truly represented what we believe and who we are as a couple. When I first started thinking about what the ceremony should include, it quickly became overwhelming. But Claire offers her couples a wedding ceremony "menu" with many examples and choices to consider. It helped tremendously! She also gave us advice and guidance regarding how to write our own vows (which turned our beautifully, by the way). In addition, Claire was essential in making sure that our ceremony went off without a hitch! She's very experienced and ran our rehearsal like a true professional. She gave us and our wedding party lots of useful information to use on the day of. She's just a wonderful person who is instantly easy to like and get along with. I highly recommend her!
Claire was amazing! She worked with my (now) husband and I to tailor-make the wedding ceremony of our dreams! It was Read more...
Claire was amazing! She worked with my (now) husband and I to tailor-make the wedding ceremony of our dreams! It was beautiful and so special because we had been such an integral part in creating it. She helped us create a ceremony that truly represented what we believe and who we are as a couple. When I first started thinking about what the ceremony should include, it quickly became overwhelming. But Claire offers her couples a wedding ceremony "menu" with many examples and choices to consider. It helped tremendously! She also gave us advice and guidance regarding how to write our own vows (which turned our beautifully, by the way). In addition, Claire was essential in making sure that our ceremony went off without a hitch! She's very experienced and ran our rehearsal like a true professional. She gave us and our wedding party lots of useful information to use on the day of. She's just a wonderful person who is instantly easy to like and get along with. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
11/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Claire Goodman is the first name you will hear when you ask other vendors and brides for recommendations regarding an officiant. We are so happy that Claire was part of our day, we cannot say enough kind words about her. She created a memorable, personal wedding ceremony. Claire is full of great ideas and advice. She even suggested a vendor for ceremony music, who we were also more than pleased with. We received so many compliments from our guests on Claire and the ceremony that she created. Claire will help you create a beautiful and personalized ceremony. We could not have done it without her!
Rev. Claire Goodman is the first name you will hear when you ask other vendors and brides for recommendations regarding an Read more...
Rev. Claire Goodman is the first name you will hear when you ask other vendors and brides for recommendations regarding an officiant. We are so happy that Claire was part of our day, we cannot say enough kind words about her. She created a memorable, personal wedding ceremony. Claire is full of great ideas and advice. She even suggested a vendor for ceremony music, who we were also more than pleased with. We received so many compliments from our guests on Claire and the ceremony that she created. Claire will help you create a beautiful and personalized ceremony. We could not have done it without her! Read less
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