An Italian woman has married herself, complete with dress and three-tier cake, in front of 70 guests after a long-term relationship ended.
Laura Mesi, a fitness trainer, said the idea came to her two years ago when her 12-year relationship ended.
The 40-year-old says she knows solo weddings won’t be for everyone and to marry yourself you need a ‘certain amount of money’, the support of those around you, and – above all – ‘a pinch of madness’ the BBC reports.
I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves.
You can have a fairytale even without the prince.
While Laura is ‘legally married’, she is part of a growing trend for self-marriage – dubbed ‘sologamy’ – in countries around the world.
She told La Repubblica:
I told friends and family that if I had not found my soulmate by my 40th birthday I would marry myself.
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.
Laura isn’t the first Italian to marry herself, in May, Nello Ruggiero married himself in a ceremony in Naples.
According to the BBC Laura has brushed off the negative comments, saying ‘nothing and no one can turn off my smile’.
Congratulations to the happy… singleton.