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Custom Hitches

Austin , TX
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1101 W. 34th Street, #157
Austin, TX 78705 US (map)

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I have been joyfully performing custom-written weddings and same-sex commitment ceremonies in Austin, the Hill Country, and surrounding areas since 2006. I have performed nearly one... Read more
I have been joyfully performing custom-written weddings and same-sex commitment ceremonies in Austin, the Hill Country, and surrounding areas since 2006. I have performed nearly one thousand services. In 2013 I was voted Best Austin Wedding Officiant by Austin's A-List. I was also the subject of the magazine feature Spike Gillespie Puts a Ring On It in Austin Monthly.

As an award-winning professional writer and public speaker with over thirty years of experience including seven books, countless magazine articles, and commentary on Austin's NPR affiliate KUT, I use my love of words to help couples create carefully tailored ceremonies that guarantee happy, memorable events.

I am happy to create exactly the type of ceremony you want, be that secular and non-traditional, spiritual and traditional, or any combination therein. All religions welcome. No religion is also welcome (please see my Non-Religious Weddings page for more information). Often I combine elements from a number of traditions to reflect a couple’s different cultural and religious backgrounds. Most importantly, I work closely with you to ensure your ceremony truly reflects who you are as individuals and as a pair, capturing the essence of your togetherness and the love you share.

Flexible and easygoing, I'm equally comfortable performing just-the-two-of-you elopements, informal backyard weddings, fancy events attended by hundreds, and everything in between.

I have presided over weddings in countless venues including: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, One World Theatre, Barr Mansion, Chapel Dulcinea, Vintage Villas, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Twelve, The Winfield Inn, The Allan House, The Four Seasons, Mansion at Judges Hill, House on the Hill, The Driskill, The Inn at Wild Rose Hall, The Oasis, Hotel Saint Cecilia, The Texas State Capitol Grounds, The Caswell House, The Inn at Pearl Street, Hummingbird House, Red Corral Ranch, Nature’s Point, Villa Antonia, Casa Blanca, Kindred Oaks, Memory Lane, Camp Lucy, The Duchman Family Winery, Thurman Mansion, Le San Michele, Laguna Gloria, Mayfield Park, Dunvegan Keep, Wild Onion Ranch, Ma Maison, Chateau Bellevue, Stonehouse Villa, The Lookout, The Chapel at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, The Witte Museum in San Antonio, among others.

I do travel and I'd be delighted to perform your destination wedding. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, No Denomination, Shinto, Taoist

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Anonymous
Wedding:
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5.0/5.0
Spike has been amazing to work with. She is responsive and professional and also very fun.
Spike has been amazing to work with. She is responsive and professional and also very fun.
Spike has been amazing to work with. She is responsive and professional and also very fun. Read less
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Crystal
Wedding:
7/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We approached Spike after finding many other Austin locals who've gotten married through her many times of doing so that it would be a crime if we did not hire her. So we did! We paid her after inquiring on her details of services, and then we met her in person!

I know, it's rather strange to hand over a stranger lots of money, and then meet them and see what they're all about. We met her at Cherrywood Coffee, and from there we knew she was the one, just as we knew we were gonna get married! It was all meant to be and speaking with Spike put us at such ease. She listened to our humorous story of our first date at a Best Buy, and from there everything was just how a wedding should be, not of Pinterest photo bridesmaid and shoes and floral galore, but of love and respect and a caring of so strong that she could paint the picture in words spoken in our ceremony.

Spike did such an amazing job, she spoke fluidly the day of, reviewed and revised our personal vows we wrote and cropped them to be short and sweet like we asked, did this in a manner that was respectful and noninvasive which is quite a skill to have as an established writer. And she even revised the ceremony numerous times after we had decided they'd be "final". I know planning a wedding is stressful but with Spike, it wasn't! The money we spent to have her officiate our wedding was more than we wanted to spend, $500 on an officiant (more than what my dress cost!), but I feel now so strong that it was the right amount as no amount of money could have given us the love and warmth that we shared with her.

She is just the right person and aura of all Austiny feelings, spiritual, hippie, but so so warm and amazing to share the way with words at a special momental moment like a wedding.
We approached Spike after finding many other Austin locals who've gotten married through her many times of doing so that Read more...
We approached Spike after finding many other Austin locals who've gotten married through her many times of doing so that it would be a crime if we did not hire her. So we did! We paid her after inquiring on her details of services, and then we met her in person!

I know, it's rather strange to hand over a stranger lots of money, and then meet them and see what they're all about. We met her at Cherrywood Coffee, and from there we knew she was the one, just as we knew we were gonna get married! It was all meant to be and speaking with Spike put us at such ease. She listened to our humorous story of our first date at a Best Buy, and from there everything was just how a wedding should be, not of Pinterest photo bridesmaid and shoes and floral galore, but of love and respect and a caring of so strong that she could paint the picture in words spoken in our ceremony.

Spike did such an amazing job, she spoke fluidly the day of, reviewed and revised our personal vows we wrote and cropped them to be short and sweet like we asked, did this in a manner that was respectful and noninvasive which is quite a skill to have as an established writer. And she even revised the ceremony numerous times after we had decided they'd be "final". I know planning a wedding is stressful but with Spike, it wasn't! The money we spent to have her officiate our wedding was more than we wanted to spend, $500 on an officiant (more than what my dress cost!), but I feel now so strong that it was the right amount as no amount of money could have given us the love and warmth that we shared with her.

She is just the right person and aura of all Austiny feelings, spiritual, hippie, but so so warm and amazing to share the way with words at a special momental moment like a wedding. Read less
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christy
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for the right person for your wedding, there is no one better than Spike. She is resourceful, open minded, responsible, and charming. Once we interviewed with her we knew she was the right person for us. We planned our backyard wedding in a month, and she made the ceremony process so easy. We had no idea what to expect for the ceremony and she helped us make it our own, needless to say it was everything we wanted it to be. Even due to some unfortunate planning (entirely on our part) we ran late on the ceremony, Spike remained 100% professional, polite and understanding during the wait. We couldn't have asked for a more memorable ceremony!
If you are looking for the right person for your wedding, there is no one better than Spike. She is resourceful, open Read more...
If you are looking for the right person for your wedding, there is no one better than Spike. She is resourceful, open minded, responsible, and charming. Once we interviewed with her we knew she was the right person for us. We planned our backyard wedding in a month, and she made the ceremony process so easy. We had no idea what to expect for the ceremony and she helped us make it our own, needless to say it was everything we wanted it to be. Even due to some unfortunate planning (entirely on our part) we ran late on the ceremony, Spike remained 100% professional, polite and understanding during the wait. We couldn't have asked for a more memorable ceremony! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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My Husband and I were married on June 7, 2015. I am so glad that we chose Spike to perform our wedding ceremony. She was so wonderful at responding to our needs, wrote a beautiful ceremony, and helped ensure that our day went smoothly. Our wedding was outside, during the wettest month we have had in Texas in so long, and we were terrified of having flooding. We had no idea what we would do if the weather was bad, and Spike suggested a wonderful backup plan when we had none. Luckily we did not have to use it as the day ended up being beautiful! We couldn't have picked a better officiant.
My Husband and I were married on June 7, 2015. I am so glad that we chose Spike to perform our wedding ceremony. She was Read more...
My Husband and I were married on June 7, 2015. I am so glad that we chose Spike to perform our wedding ceremony. She was so wonderful at responding to our needs, wrote a beautiful ceremony, and helped ensure that our day went smoothly. Our wedding was outside, during the wettest month we have had in Texas in so long, and we were terrified of having flooding. We had no idea what we would do if the weather was bad, and Spike suggested a wonderful backup plan when we had none. Luckily we did not have to use it as the day ended up being beautiful! We couldn't have picked a better officiant. Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike was amazing! She arrived early and did the ceremony exactly how we planned. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. Thank you!
Spike was amazing! She arrived early and did the ceremony exactly how we planned. We couldn't have asked for anything more Read more...
Spike was amazing! She arrived early and did the ceremony exactly how we planned. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. Thank you! Read less
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Jeanna
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike was warm kind knowledgeable and very accommodating offering help pre and post service. Spike was a perfect fit for our wedding.
Spike was warm kind knowledgeable and very accommodating offering help pre and post service. Spike was a perfect fit for Read more...
Spike was warm kind knowledgeable and very accommodating offering help pre and post service. Spike was a perfect fit for our wedding. Read less
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Patti
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike was a pleasure from start to finish. She completely understood my vibe and what I was going for with my wedding and ceremony. There's not a doubt in my mind that this lady can do any flavor of wedding. She was the best person for us, and I'm CERTAIN she'll be great for anyone who snags her in the future. She helped make my wedding the dream I imagined.
She's professional yet hilarious, she's personable and easy to talk to. She will listen to every word you say, then ask you GOOD questions to get an even better feel for you. If you're getting married soon and haven't gotten an officiant, PRAY she hasn't been booked, then skip all the hassle and book her. You'll regret it if you don't!
Spike was a pleasure from start to finish. She completely understood my vibe and what I was going for with my wedding and Read more...
Spike was a pleasure from start to finish. She completely understood my vibe and what I was going for with my wedding and ceremony. There's not a doubt in my mind that this lady can do any flavor of wedding. She was the best person for us, and I'm CERTAIN she'll be great for anyone who snags her in the future. She helped make my wedding the dream I imagined.
She's professional yet hilarious, she's personable and easy to talk to. She will listen to every word you say, then ask you GOOD questions to get an even better feel for you. If you're getting married soon and haven't gotten an officiant, PRAY she hasn't been booked, then skip all the hassle and book her. You'll regret it if you don't! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Spike was excellent, she also met with me beforehand to go over the ceremony ideas. She was calm and friendly to all of our guests, we had a wonderful experience!
Spike was excellent, she also met with me beforehand to go over the ceremony ideas. She was calm and friendly to all of Read more...
Spike was excellent, she also met with me beforehand to go over the ceremony ideas. She was calm and friendly to all of our guests, we had a wonderful experience! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Hiring Spike as our wedding officiant was the best decision we could have made. We knew we had picked the right person immediately after meeting with Spike the first time. We wanted our wedding to be fun, relaxed, and most of all, not stuffy. Spike is assuredly not stuffy, and was a pleasure to work with. She is also extremely responsive and communicative, which makes the whole process very easy.

As others have said, Spike will give you as much or as little guidance as you want when it comes to your vows. She gave us a number of sample ceremonies to read through, and we were able to work with her on crafting our ceremony and vows. We wanted a mostly non-religious wedding with some blessings and fairly traditional vows, and Spike easily accommodated our requests and made our wedding ceremony exactly what we were hoping for.

We asked Spike to come to our rehearsal, and I'm so glad we did. She kept everyone on track, and prepared us for the next day. The day of the wedding was even better. She kept the mood lighthearted, and even had tissue for me when I started crying mid-ceremony. Our ceremony made us and our guests laugh and cry in the best way possible, and our guests are still talking about it. If you are looking for an officiant, I can't recommend or speak highly enough about Spike. You won't regret hiring her!
Hiring Spike as our wedding officiant was the best decision we could have made. We knew we had picked the right person Read more...
Hiring Spike as our wedding officiant was the best decision we could have made. We knew we had picked the right person immediately after meeting with Spike the first time. We wanted our wedding to be fun, relaxed, and most of all, not stuffy. Spike is assuredly not stuffy, and was a pleasure to work with. She is also extremely responsive and communicative, which makes the whole process very easy.

As others have said, Spike will give you as much or as little guidance as you want when it comes to your vows. She gave us a number of sample ceremonies to read through, and we were able to work with her on crafting our ceremony and vows. We wanted a mostly non-religious wedding with some blessings and fairly traditional vows, and Spike easily accommodated our requests and made our wedding ceremony exactly what we were hoping for.

We asked Spike to come to our rehearsal, and I'm so glad we did. She kept everyone on track, and prepared us for the next day. The day of the wedding was even better. She kept the mood lighthearted, and even had tissue for me when I started crying mid-ceremony. Our ceremony made us and our guests laugh and cry in the best way possible, and our guests are still talking about it. If you are looking for an officiant, I can't recommend or speak highly enough about Spike. You won't regret hiring her! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike performed the most spiritual and touching ceremony of any wedding I've attended! When the husband to be is crying and there is a butterfly circling around your union - love was definitely in the air! We liked how she writes her own vows and provides you with options as to which ones fit you best as a couple. She even let us edit them a few times. Her sense of calmness brought relief to a anxious day. We would recommend her hands down for anyone ready to take the leap!
Spike performed the most spiritual and touching ceremony of any wedding I've attended! When the husband to be is crying Read more...
Spike performed the most spiritual and touching ceremony of any wedding I've attended! When the husband to be is crying and there is a butterfly circling around your union - love was definitely in the air! We liked how she writes her own vows and provides you with options as to which ones fit you best as a couple. She even let us edit them a few times. Her sense of calmness brought relief to a anxious day. We would recommend her hands down for anyone ready to take the leap! Read less
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