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Custom Hitches

Austin , TX

LOCATION

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

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ABOUT US

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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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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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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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Spike provides a wonderful, laid-back, flexible officiant service. She will be as involved, or as passive, in the creation of the ceremony as you need her to be. She'll do religious, secular, serious, and silly ceremonies. She likes dogs and has good taste in coffee shops.
Spike provides a wonderful, laid-back, flexible officiant service. She will be as involved, or as passive, in the creation Read more...
Spike provides a wonderful, laid-back, flexible officiant service. She will be as involved, or as passive, in the creation of the ceremony as you need her to be. She'll do religious, secular, serious, and silly ceremonies. She likes dogs and has good taste in coffee shops. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of praises being sung here for Spike. You know you made the right choice when the people in charge of your wedding venue make audible sounds of relief when you tell them you hired Spike Gillespie - "oh, she's awesome, great, we love working with her."

Spike is competent, professional, and ready to work with whatever kind of ceremony you dream up. From our conversations with her, it sounds like she's done it all. Religious weddings? Check. Secular weddings? Check. Hippie poetry readings? Jokes? Unicorn masks? Check, check, check.

We met with Spike in person, then communicated with her through e-mail. We mutually agreed that she didn't need to show up to our rehearsal, because she and the venue were so acquainted with each other and our ceremony was so simple, but she absolutely was available for that. She provided us with multiple example ceremonies, from which we were able to craft our own personalized version that she read beautifully. She showed up on right on time, excited and friendly.

I cannot be happier with my choice to hire Spike. You should do the same!
I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of praises being sung here for Spike. You know you made the right choice when the Read more...
I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of praises being sung here for Spike. You know you made the right choice when the people in charge of your wedding venue make audible sounds of relief when you tell them you hired Spike Gillespie - "oh, she's awesome, great, we love working with her."

Spike is competent, professional, and ready to work with whatever kind of ceremony you dream up. From our conversations with her, it sounds like she's done it all. Religious weddings? Check. Secular weddings? Check. Hippie poetry readings? Jokes? Unicorn masks? Check, check, check.

We met with Spike in person, then communicated with her through e-mail. We mutually agreed that she didn't need to show up to our rehearsal, because she and the venue were so acquainted with each other and our ceremony was so simple, but she absolutely was available for that. She provided us with multiple example ceremonies, from which we were able to craft our own personalized version that she read beautifully. She showed up on right on time, excited and friendly.

I cannot be happier with my choice to hire Spike. You should do the same! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Spike was the BEST! We couldn't have asked for a better, more flexible, or a more overall-awesome officiant! We felt super comfortable with Spike, right from the beginning. She provided us with great materials as well as license to create the ceremony of our dreams. It was the perfect ceremony and Spike was wonderful!
Spike was the BEST! We couldn't have asked for a better, more flexible, or a more overall-awesome officiant! We felt super Read more...
Spike was the BEST! We couldn't have asked for a better, more flexible, or a more overall-awesome officiant! We felt super comfortable with Spike, right from the beginning. She provided us with great materials as well as license to create the ceremony of our dreams. It was the perfect ceremony and Spike was wonderful! Read less
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