So why are women choosing self-marriage over matrimony with a spouse? It has been said that solo weddings celebrate singledom amongst women and show a man is not needed to lead a fun and fulfilling life.
A Husband, two kids and a house with a white picket fence- the essential ingredients for a lifestyle that aligns with society’s ‘norms’. Once desired by many, it seems this suburban dream is being surpassed by those that don’t need no man. The most independent of women are doing it for themselves. The solo bride has landed.
A new trend known as the ‘solo wedding’ has taken over the Far East. It enables women to partake in their very own wedding, minus the groom. The travel company Cera Travel in Kyoto, Japan provides a two-day celebration with all the thrills a regular bride would experience. A wedding package includes a dress fitting, hair and make-up session, a honeymoon suite and that all important photoshoot to capture the special day. At only £1,700 ($2,750), it’s comparatively cheaper than your traditional fairy tale wedding.
So why are women choosing self-marriage over matrimony with a spouse? It has been said that solo weddings celebrate singledom amongst women and show a man is not needed to lead a fun and fulfilling life. They don’t need to be pitied by newly-wed friends as they are 100% happy in themselves. Many also wish to avoid the traditional Japanese path of settling down early, being career-driven females passionate about their professional future.
But by no means is the business only aimed at single women. Over half of the women who have opted for the service are those belonging to couples that have never married or that married without a wedding ceremony. They just wanted a day to feel special without the hassle of a real wedding.
To say that self-marriage is solely to ‘liberate’ oneself from traditional customs would be reading too much into women’s latest entertainment. Truth be told, girls just wanna have fun.