Custom Hitches

1101 W. 34th Street #157, Austin, TX 78705 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Custom Hitches

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.

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    Melissa Lampkin · Married on 09/21/2018

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    Best wedding vendor ever!!

    Spike did SUCH a good job, we loved our ceremony!!! She worked with us to create a custom ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. We so appreciate how accommodating and professional she is. Book Custom Hitches, your ceremony will be perfect!

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    Diane · Married on 12/31/2017

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    I don't know, what else can I say. We got Spike's name from a referral on a website, we sent her an email, hopped a plane, stayed at her ranch, Tiny T Ranch, and knew right away that Spike was the woman....the "must have" perform our ceremony - without a doubt! There are a few people you meet in life that just 'get it' and Spike is one of them. Spike doesn't push anything on you, she gets to know you but doesn't bug you, she puts her education, experience and heart, (omg her heart, so big, so deep!) into everything I have witnessed and experienced from the day we met. After our initial meeting weekend, we booked Spike; six months in advance from the suburbs of Philadelphia, and she never forgot about us - not once. Our ceremony was perfect, and we are over the moon to have Spike in the memories of our wedding day that will be treasured for a lifetime. I hope more and more couples choose to enjoy the "must have" we found in Spike.

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Custom Hitches FAQ

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

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Spoken Heart Ceremonies with Katrina Baecht
    Spoken Heart Ceremonies with Katrina Baecht Wedding Officiants

    Fantastic mentor & experienced wedding officiant. I loved working with Spike & gained invaluable insights from her.

  • Ravner Salinas Classical Guitarist
    Ravner Salinas Classical Guitarist Wedding Musicians

    Spike makes me smile. Spike always knows what she's doing. She's the real deal and always a pleasure to see her! Vote SPIKE G!!!!! for your officiant!

  • Doug Anthony
    Doug Anthony Wedding Musicians

    I've worked with Spike at several weddings in completely different settings. She is so positive, honest and intelligent. She loves what she does and she's very good at it. Easy going and totally confident, Spike somehow channels that energy straight to the nervous couples every time and puts them at ease. Love watching her work!

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