white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests.
in countries around the world. Proponents of such ceremonies say it is
about self-love and acceptance, and claiming the social affirmation
normally reserved for couples who wed.
ceremony. In May, a man, Nello Ruggiero, said “yes” to himself in a
ceremony in Naples. In Japan, a travel agency began offering bridal
ceremonies for single women in 2014.
has spawned a number of books and been a theme of episodes of Sex and
the City and Glee. In the US, a website called I Married Me offers
self-wedding kits. In Canada, an agency called Marry Yourself Vancouver
which has been running for more than a year attributes the rise in solo
weddings to the growing numbers of single people.
narcissistic, and others criticising it as a pointless submission to a
not be for everyone. To marry yourself, she says, you need a certain
amount of money, the support of those around you, and – above all – “a pinch of madness”.