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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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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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Tanya
Wedding:
2/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike was fantastic!! So easy to work with and she had a great energy that set the right mood for our wedding day. Highly recommended. Thanks Spike!!
Spike was fantastic!! So easy to work with and she had a great energy that set the right mood for our wedding day. Highly Read more...
Spike was fantastic!! So easy to work with and she had a great energy that set the right mood for our wedding day. Highly recommended. Thanks Spike!! Read less
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Gregory
Wedding:
1/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Spike's graceful and beautiful delivery of our vows were an important piece to making our ceremony very special. Working with her was a treat. She is prompt, professional and a fun lady. I will always recommend her for wedding ceremonies. She really has a pulse and read on what is important to couples. She is a lovely person with a sly wit. I would also suggest you follow her blog about meditation and buy her books! I can't rave enough about her.
Spike's graceful and beautiful delivery of our vows were an important piece to making our ceremony very special. Working Read more...
Spike's graceful and beautiful delivery of our vows were an important piece to making our ceremony very special. Working with her was a treat. She is prompt, professional and a fun lady. I will always recommend her for wedding ceremonies. She really has a pulse and read on what is important to couples. She is a lovely person with a sly wit. I would also suggest you follow her blog about meditation and buy her books! I can't rave enough about her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We lovedlovedloved working with Spike! She made planning the ceremony super easy by giving lots of advice and assuring us that the whole ceremony could be done without a day-of coordinator (which we planned to do without). We met with her once, told her what we envisioned, and then worked the rest of the time with her via email (although she was totally flexible with meeting with us in person any time we needed--even during her birthday month :) ). We had written an okay personal story that she really finessed into a funny, memorable story that totally fit us.

We did our rehearsal the day of and she was awesome in whipping our bridal party into shape and really explaining to us what we all needed to be doing and when. I felt totally confident in her abilities to keep our ceremony running smoothly. For the actual wedding, she was so awesome... everything went smoothly and she even was able to read the audience and improvise some funny jokes here and there. Even now people are telling us how wonderful Spike and our ceremony was. I learned that having a beautiful, memorable ceremony will really set the tone for the rest of your wedding!

I also appreciated the fact that she had worked with a lot of our vendors before, especially our DJ (Erik from DJ Greenbelt Productions--who is also just as awesome!). It makes such a difference when your wedding vendors know your venue and the other vendors. :) Thank you, Spike!
We lovedlovedloved working with Spike! She made planning the ceremony super easy by giving lots of advice and assuring us Read more...
We lovedlovedloved working with Spike! She made planning the ceremony super easy by giving lots of advice and assuring us that the whole ceremony could be done without a day-of coordinator (which we planned to do without). We met with her once, told her what we envisioned, and then worked the rest of the time with her via email (although she was totally flexible with meeting with us in person any time we needed--even during her birthday month :) ). We had written an okay personal story that she really finessed into a funny, memorable story that totally fit us.

We did our rehearsal the day of and she was awesome in whipping our bridal party into shape and really explaining to us what we all needed to be doing and when. I felt totally confident in her abilities to keep our ceremony running smoothly. For the actual wedding, she was so awesome... everything went smoothly and she even was able to read the audience and improvise some funny jokes here and there. Even now people are telling us how wonderful Spike and our ceremony was. I learned that having a beautiful, memorable ceremony will really set the tone for the rest of your wedding!

I also appreciated the fact that she had worked with a lot of our vendors before, especially our DJ (Erik from DJ Greenbelt Productions--who is also just as awesome!). It makes such a difference when your wedding vendors know your venue and the other vendors. :) Thank you, Spike! Read less
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Solveig
Wedding:
12/28/2014
5.0/5.0
There are not enough nice things I can say about Spike. From the moment I looked through Spike's website, I knew she was going to be the right fit for my husband and I's wedding in December of 2014. Our intro call with her was wonderful- she was so warm and friendly and no non-sense. She made the entire process so easy because she was always available by email or phone and she was always willing to Skype. She wasn't pushy but made sure to check in frequently enough to make sure we were on track. She was prompt for the ceremony rehearsal and managed to get the entire bridal party to listen and follow directions (not an easy feat as we had a large bridal party). Most importantly, Spike guided us in creating a ceremony that was true to us and our story. Every aspect of the ceremony was tailored to us and what we wanted it to mean and represent. After the ceremony was over, we had people coming up to us all night complimenting us on the ceremony and how wonderful Spike was. My husband and i could not have been happier with Spike and you will not regret choosing her as your officiant.
There are not enough nice things I can say about Spike. From the moment I looked through Spike's website, I knew she was Read more...
There are not enough nice things I can say about Spike. From the moment I looked through Spike's website, I knew she was going to be the right fit for my husband and I's wedding in December of 2014. Our intro call with her was wonderful- she was so warm and friendly and no non-sense. She made the entire process so easy because she was always available by email or phone and she was always willing to Skype. She wasn't pushy but made sure to check in frequently enough to make sure we were on track. She was prompt for the ceremony rehearsal and managed to get the entire bridal party to listen and follow directions (not an easy feat as we had a large bridal party). Most importantly, Spike guided us in creating a ceremony that was true to us and our story. Every aspect of the ceremony was tailored to us and what we wanted it to mean and represent. After the ceremony was over, we had people coming up to us all night complimenting us on the ceremony and how wonderful Spike was. My husband and i could not have been happier with Spike and you will not regret choosing her as your officiant. Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Spike Gillespie prepared us well for the wedding and did a beautiful job officiating the ceremony. We had a last minute venue change due to a wicked and wet freezing cold front that arrived the night before our wedding, necessitating a move indoors for the ceremony, away from the outdoor setting in Mayfield Park. Spike stayed calm and provided expert guidance and advice. The move indoors to Fonda San Miguel restaurant before it was open to the public ended up being perfect, warm and cozy -- with candles flickering all around. Regardless of the size, style and scope of your wedding, Spike will do a beautiful job assisting with the ceremony language and guiding the bride and groom through all the twists and turns of wedding plans and decisions, all but guaranteeing a beautiful and memorable occasion.
Spike Gillespie prepared us well for the wedding and did a beautiful job officiating the ceremony. We had a last minute Read more...
Spike Gillespie prepared us well for the wedding and did a beautiful job officiating the ceremony. We had a last minute venue change due to a wicked and wet freezing cold front that arrived the night before our wedding, necessitating a move indoors for the ceremony, away from the outdoor setting in Mayfield Park. Spike stayed calm and provided expert guidance and advice. The move indoors to Fonda San Miguel restaurant before it was open to the public ended up being perfect, warm and cozy -- with candles flickering all around. Regardless of the size, style and scope of your wedding, Spike will do a beautiful job assisting with the ceremony language and guiding the bride and groom through all the twists and turns of wedding plans and decisions, all but guaranteeing a beautiful and memorable occasion. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Spike was amazing and added just the right touch to our intimate, at-home wedding. She had 4 other weddings that day (12/13/14, so lots of folks picked that date) but she made us feel like we were the most important people in the world. Leading up to the wedding, she was very accessible, prompt in responding to requests, great with giving us suggestions but letting us keep control of how we wanted things to go, and professional while still being laid back. I'd recommend her to all my friends!
Spike was amazing and added just the right touch to our intimate, at-home wedding. She had 4 other weddings that day Read more...
Spike was amazing and added just the right touch to our intimate, at-home wedding. She had 4 other weddings that day (12/13/14, so lots of folks picked that date) but she made us feel like we were the most important people in the world. Leading up to the wedding, she was very accessible, prompt in responding to requests, great with giving us suggestions but letting us keep control of how we wanted things to go, and professional while still being laid back. I'd recommend her to all my friends! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Spike was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with! She is easy going yet very professional and brings a prositive energy that put us at ease. She understood what we wanted for our wedding day and worked with us on our ceremony up until the big day. I am very glad we found Spike online and that she was able to perform our ceremony- it was perfect!
Spike was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with! She is easy going yet very professional and brings a prositive Read more...
Spike was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with! She is easy going yet very professional and brings a prositive energy that put us at ease. She understood what we wanted for our wedding day and worked with us on our ceremony up until the big day. I am very glad we found Spike online and that she was able to perform our ceremony- it was perfect! Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
11/23/2014
5.0/5.0
It's clear Spike loves what she does. She really focuses on getting to know you. This was a challenge for us because we currently live in DC and were not coming back to Austin until 4 days before the wedding. It only took about 20 minutes on Skype to realize that Spike was just the best. She asked us all the right questions (what do you two want in a wedding? how do you want it to feel?), sent us sample vows, made sure we got the license in time.

Spike, you made a special yet stressful day better and less stressful. Thank you!!!!
It's clear Spike loves what she does. She really focuses on getting to know you. This was a challenge for us because we Read more...
It's clear Spike loves what she does. She really focuses on getting to know you. This was a challenge for us because we currently live in DC and were not coming back to Austin until 4 days before the wedding. It only took about 20 minutes on Skype to realize that Spike was just the best. She asked us all the right questions (what do you two want in a wedding? how do you want it to feel?), sent us sample vows, made sure we got the license in time.

Spike, you made a special yet stressful day better and less stressful. Thank you!!!! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
11/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Spike of Custom Hitches is terrific. I had done a lot of research online and came across her info. She was the first and only officiant we met with. Chemistry is very important to us and we immediately connected with Spike. We didn't even hesitate hiring her (and we are not the fastest decision makers typically). We knew we wanted a non-traditional, non-denominational, yet spiritual ceremony with tribute to my husband's Catholic upbringing. Spike helped us through the entire process providing samples, suggestions, readings and providing insightful experience that you only get after performing hundreds of ceremonies. Her responses were always very prompt. I can't tell you how many compliments we have gotten on our ceremony content as well as Spike's delivery. When we met to develop the personal story that Spike would tell about us, I didn't know how she'd come up with something from what we gave her. I was so pleased and amazed with what she turned it in to...it was touching, funny and engaging. I can't recommend Spike enough. I never want to get married again but sad I won't get to work with Spike again as a result :)
Spike of Custom Hitches is terrific. I had done a lot of research online and came across her info. She was the first and Read more...
Spike of Custom Hitches is terrific. I had done a lot of research online and came across her info. She was the first and only officiant we met with. Chemistry is very important to us and we immediately connected with Spike. We didn't even hesitate hiring her (and we are not the fastest decision makers typically). We knew we wanted a non-traditional, non-denominational, yet spiritual ceremony with tribute to my husband's Catholic upbringing. Spike helped us through the entire process providing samples, suggestions, readings and providing insightful experience that you only get after performing hundreds of ceremonies. Her responses were always very prompt. I can't tell you how many compliments we have gotten on our ceremony content as well as Spike's delivery. When we met to develop the personal story that Spike would tell about us, I didn't know how she'd come up with something from what we gave her. I was so pleased and amazed with what she turned it in to...it was touching, funny and engaging. I can't recommend Spike enough. I never want to get married again but sad I won't get to work with Spike again as a result :) Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Spike was great to work with. My husband and I were a bit stumped about how to go about putting together a secular wedding ceremony, but she sent us several examples and helped us create our own. She responded to my emails quickly and provided prompt feedback on our drafts. The day of our ceremony turned out to be chilly and damp and when she arrived she immediately began helping our coordinator wipe down the ceremony chairs without being asked. Overall I thought Spike was fantastic and have no reservations about recommending her to others.
Spike was great to work with. My husband and I were a bit stumped about how to go about putting together a secular wedding Read more...
Spike was great to work with. My husband and I were a bit stumped about how to go about putting together a secular wedding ceremony, but she sent us several examples and helped us create our own. She responded to my emails quickly and provided prompt feedback on our drafts. The day of our ceremony turned out to be chilly and damp and when she arrived she immediately began helping our coordinator wipe down the ceremony chairs without being asked. Overall I thought Spike was fantastic and have no reservations about recommending her to others. Read less
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