- An Italian woman married herself in a ceremony with 70 guests, bridesmaids and a wedding cake.
- Although the ceremony carried no legal weight, Laura Mesi says she believes that we must all first “love ourselves”, and that “you can have a fairytale even without the prince”.
- Laura says she first had the idea 2 years ago when her 12-year relationship ended, promising family that she would marry herself if she had not found her soulmate by her 40th birthday.
- Laura told La Repubblica Newspaper that her happiness does not depend on a man, but that she will be happy if she finds a man with whom she can plan a future.
- According to advocates of self-marriage (or ‘sologamy’), the act is about self-love and acceptance. Laura is the first Italian woman to wed herself, but earlier this year a man from Naples, Italy married himself, with agencies, kits and websites offering similar services in Japan, USA and Canada.
- Some have attacked Laura’s act as narcissistic, but she has brushed them off saying “nothing and no-one can turn off my smile”.