White dress? Check.
Cake topper? Check.
Partner? Scratch that -- a woman in Italy just proved you don't need to be in a relationship to get married.
Last month, 40-year-old fitness trainer Laura Mesi said "yes" to herself while surrounded by 70 guests in an extravagant self-marriage ceremony.
"I firmly believe that each of us must first love ourselves," Mesi told La Repubblica newspaper. "You can live a fairytale, even without the prince."
According to the BBC, Mesi began thinking about a solo wedding in 2015, after the end of a 12-year relationship. She told herself that if she was still single by the time she turned 40, she would marry herself.
Mesi's self-wedding cost her €10,000 (nearly $12,000) and included a three-layer wedding cake, intertwined wedding bands, and a carved watermelon declaring her a "Sposa Single," or "single bride." After the ceremony, she took herself on a honeymoon to Egypt.
Her wedding carries no legal weight, and Mesi told La Repubblica that despite her self-marriage ceremony, she is still open to finding a life partner.
"If tomorrow I find a man to plan a future with, I will be happy," she said. "But my happiness will not depend on him." She later said on an Instagram post, "Loving yourself is the beginning of a love story."
Mesi claims she is the first woman in Italy to go through with this ceremony, but she is the latest addition to the growing worldwide trend of "sologamy," the act of self-marriage.
In 2015, British PR consultant Sophie Tanner made headlines when she married herself in Brighton after breaking free of a bad relationship.
"Everyone celebrates getting together with someone and becoming married," Tanner told The Telegraph. "But there's no milestone in society that celebrates escaping something awful or returning to your own happiness and contentment."
Self-marriages have been reported since 1993, according to the BBC, in countries such as the U.S., Canada and Japan.
Sologamy may not be legally recognized, and some may call it narcissistic, but to Mesi and others, it's all about expressing love for yourself, but it isn't for everyone.
"To carry on such a project requires some economic availability, support from those around you, and above all, a pinch of madness," Mesi said.
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