On December 20, Cosmopolitan magazine published a report of the “small but growing movement” of “self-marriage.”
Self-marriage is just what it sounds like - a person who decides to "marry" themselves.
Reporter Abigail Pesta notes that there are “self-wedding planners popping up across the world.” In Canada, there is Marry Yourself Vancouver; in Japan, Cerca Travel offers a two-day self-wedding package; and I Married Me, writes Pesta, offers “sterling silver ring, ceremony instructions, vows, and 24 ‘affirmation cards’ to remind you of your vows over time.”
One woman profiled by Cosmo is Ericka Anderson, a New Yorker who “married” herself this past spring. The wedding invitations said the following: “It wasn’t an easy decision. I had cold feet for 35 years. But then I decided it was time to settle down. To get myself a whole damn apartment. To celebrate birthday #36 by wearing an engagement ring and saying: YES TO ME. I even made a registry, because this is America.”
Pesta also interviews Rebecca Traister, author of “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.” Traditional marriage is "left over from centuries of one kind of marriage pattern and one path for women,” Traister says. “We’re set up as a culture to treat marriage as the most exciting thing you’ll ever do in your life. But if you marry yourself, you can say: My life is just as meaningful as the life of the person who happens to be getting married.”