Why are women mar­ry­ing them­selves?

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Mar­riage is tra­di­tion­ally seen as the happy union of a cou­ple in love. How­ever, a new trend hit the head­lines last week, as it was re­vealed that many peo­ple – mainly women – are choos­ing to marry them­selves in a move­ment called sologamy.

It has been re­ported that num­bers across the world are grow­ing, and the idea has be­come so pop­u­lar that a com­pany called Marry Your­self Van­cou­ver, of­fer­ing con­sult­ing ser­vices and wed­ding photos, has launched in Canada.

In Ja­pan, Cerca Travel has a two-day, self-wed­ding pack­age in Ky­oto – where wannabe brides can choose a gown and bou­quet, and pose for for­mal wed­ding por­traits, and it’s even pos­si­ble to buy your own DIY self-mar­riage kits on­line, com­plete with a ring. Linda Baker, from the US, is be­lieved to be the first per­son to have mar­ried her­self, in 1993. And just last week, Laura Mesi, 40, held a self-mar­riage cer­e­mony cost­ing £8,700, with 70 guests. The fit­ness trainer from Italy had a cake made with a fig­urine of her­self on top and went on hon­ey­moon to Egypt – alone. Laura promised to wed her­self if she hadn’t found the per­fect part­ner by her 40th birth­day. She said, “I firmly be­lieve that each of us must first of all love our­selves. You can have a fairy­tale even with­out the prince.” Closer speaks to Erika Anderson, who mar­ried her­self in May last year…

Laura de­cided there was no need for a groom

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