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Custom Hitches

Austin , TX

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PO Box 4843
Austin, TX 78765 US (map)

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512-468-9998

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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 officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
would highly recommend Spike to anyone looking for someone to officiate their wedding.

We contacted her and within a few days, had set up a meeting where we knew right away she was who we wanted. We only had a few weeks until our wedding as it was on short notice and was very small but Spike made the whole process so easy! She was easy to talk to, never pushed her own ideas on us and totally got what we were looking for. She helped write the ceremony and made sure that the vows we wrote ourselves were not too different from eachothers without us knowing what the other wrote.

She showed up when she said she would and took charge instantly from making sure everyone knew where to stand to making sure all cell phones were silenced. The ceremony went off without a hitch and she lead us in a toast after the ceremony was over. She stayed a little after the ceremony to finish the marriage license and take a couple of pictures and then left so we could go to our reception.

Spike was extremely professional, kind, friendly and was a joy to work with.
would highly recommend Spike to anyone looking for someone to officiate their wedding.

We contacted her and Read more...
would highly recommend Spike to anyone looking for someone to officiate their wedding.

We contacted her and within a few days, had set up a meeting where we knew right away she was who we wanted. We only had a few weeks until our wedding as it was on short notice and was very small but Spike made the whole process so easy! She was easy to talk to, never pushed her own ideas on us and totally got what we were looking for. She helped write the ceremony and made sure that the vows we wrote ourselves were not too different from eachothers without us knowing what the other wrote.

She showed up when she said she would and took charge instantly from making sure everyone knew where to stand to making sure all cell phones were silenced. The ceremony went off without a hitch and she lead us in a toast after the ceremony was over. She stayed a little after the ceremony to finish the marriage license and take a couple of pictures and then left so we could go to our reception.

Spike was extremely professional, kind, friendly and was a joy to work with. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We got married in October 2014 and Spike officiated our wedding! We knew we wanted to have Spike lead our ceremony when we first met her at a KUT Views and Brews event. She was on a panel with a few other wedding vendors and we could immediately tell she was super down to earth and had a great sense of humor. Spike was amazing during the planning process, giving us guidance around the timing of each section of our wedding and helping us craft a beautiful and personal ceremony. On the wedding day, she did an amazing job!! We love Spike and her incredible energy and were so happy she was a part of our special day!
We got married in October 2014 and Spike officiated our wedding! We knew we wanted to have Spike lead our ceremony when we Read more...
We got married in October 2014 and Spike officiated our wedding! We knew we wanted to have Spike lead our ceremony when we first met her at a KUT Views and Brews event. She was on a panel with a few other wedding vendors and we could immediately tell she was super down to earth and had a great sense of humor. Spike was amazing during the planning process, giving us guidance around the timing of each section of our wedding and helping us craft a beautiful and personal ceremony. On the wedding day, she did an amazing job!! We love Spike and her incredible energy and were so happy she was a part of our special day! Read less
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S
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Spike was amazing! We could not have found a better officiant for our wedding. She helped us create the perfect ceremony that truly reflected our relationship. She is warm, sincere, professional and pretty much had an answer for every question we had. Even though we married in the hill country we are not from Austin but we were able to meet with Spike via Skype and instantly we knew we made a good choice for our wedding ceremony. All of our guest instantly warmed to her, our ceremony went off without any hitches and we didn’t even have a rehearsal. Very pleased and would definitely recommend Spike! Thank you so much, it was PERFECT!
Spike was amazing! We could not have found a better officiant for our wedding. She helped us create the perfect ceremony Read more...
Spike was amazing! We could not have found a better officiant for our wedding. She helped us create the perfect ceremony that truly reflected our relationship. She is warm, sincere, professional and pretty much had an answer for every question we had. Even though we married in the hill country we are not from Austin but we were able to meet with Spike via Skype and instantly we knew we made a good choice for our wedding ceremony. All of our guest instantly warmed to her, our ceremony went off without any hitches and we didn’t even have a rehearsal. Very pleased and would definitely recommend Spike! Thank you so much, it was PERFECT! Read less
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