Laura Mesi, a 40-year-old fitness instructor from Italy, made a pact with herself that if she hadn’t met ‘the one’ by the time she hit the big 40, she’d get married to herself – and that’s exactly what she did.
After 20 years of searching, she finally gave up, and decided to take herself down the aisle.
Speaking to Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, Mesi said:
I told friends and family that if I had not found my soulmate by my 40th birthday I would marry myself.
The wedding itself was also far from low key, and the blushing bride splashed out over £8,700 of her own money on a traditional white gown, a special ring, and even a white tiered cake, topped with a lone figure of herself.
Seventy guests also joined her for the big day, and there was lots of food and drink, dancing, and even bottles of champagne marked with the phrase ‘Single’. She also jetted off on a beautiful honeymoon after the event to Egypt.
Despite feeling happy about the ceremony, Mesi also admits that if she ever did meet ‘Mr Right’ she’d be happy to divorce herself for a real life husband.
Speaking to La Repubblica about her marriage, the bride said:
If one day I find a man with whom I can plan a future I’ll be happy, but my happiness does not depend on him.
I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves. You can have a fairytale even without the prince.
This is my fairytale wedding – only without a Prince Charming
Self-marriage, or ‘sologamy’ is a trend that’s growing among singletons, with ceremonies seen in Australia, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph.
British PR consultant Sophie Tanner also opted to wed herself in 2015 after escaping an abusive relationship. Speaking to the newspaper, she said:
Everyone celebrates getting together with someone and becoming married, but there’s no milestone in society that celebrates escaping something awful or returning to your own happiness and contentment.