These women celebrated their independence through self-marriage

by Charlene J. Owen
Jul 2, 2017
Erika Anderson (inset) and Sophie Tanner made the life decision to marry themselves.

Who else knows you inside and out and will never leave you in spite of every thing you’ve been through?

Yourself, of course.

And for many, that kind of commitment is worth celebrating with all the bells and whistles of a wedding.

This is the premise behind sologamy, a new trend of showing your self-love by marrying yourself.

Yes, you read that right: You won’t be needing a groom to tie the knot with, because you’ll be walking down the aisle to say “I do” to yourself.

Erika Anderson (woman in video), 37, recently married herself in a small wedding ceremony surrounded by her friends and family members.

For her, this was a symbolic act of saying "yes" to oneself.

A public declaration that you are enough and you don't need to be have a partner to make life meaningful.

Another recent example of sologamy was Sophie Tanner, 38, who married herself by a church in the streets of Brighton, England.

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She was one of the first women to practice self-marriage.

With many seeing this trend as some "sad trend" or a form of narcissism, Sophie pointed out in an interview with The Telegraph that, “Everyone celebrates getting together with someone and becoming married, but there’s no milestone in society that celebrates escaping something awful or returning to your own happiness and contentment.”

The ceremony is not legally binding, and few men have done the act of self-marriage as well.

Sologamy is slowly going global, with businesses popping up to get on with the trend such as Marry Yourself Vancouver and I Married Me.

While there are some who find the idea absurd, for those who subscribe to it, self-marriage is a celebration of independence and individuality.

So we say, go for what you feel is good for you!

If you think that sologamy can help you love yourself more, then walk yourself down that aisle, girl!

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After all, why wait for the one to love you when you can start with loving yourself?

This story originally appeared on FEMALENETWORK.COM.

* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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