Why are women marrying themselves?
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