Talk about self-love!
Self-Love or Narcissism?
As with any trend of such a radical nature, sologamy has resulted in some pretty mixed reception. Some people have criticized it, calling it narcissistic and fulfiling of the stereotype that millenials are only interested in themselves. They insist that women are only getting married to themselves out of bitterness that they are single.
Still others say that it is about empowerment, affirming to women that they are enough.
Of course, capitalism has snuck in. Multiple agencies are now offering package deals specific to self-marriage. For example, there is a Japanese agency called Cerca Travel that will organize your self-wedding for the cost of $2,500. Which, while pricey, is significantly less than many people spend for traditional weddings.
Some brides opt to receive personalized gifts at their weddings, but not everyone does. Like traditional weddings, it varies from bride to bride.
A Long History
Even though this trend is just emerging, it’s not the first time that self-marriage has popped up. The first woman to marry herself, Linda Baker, did so in 1993 for her 40th birthday. It was also featured in a 2003 Sex and the City episode when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie, announced that she was marrying herself.
Even though many people think that this is just a trend that will blow over, proponents of the practice believe that it will be a commonplace practice within a decade.