People Are Getting Married to Themselves
It's hard to find the perfect person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Today, some people, particularly women, are participating in a new self-love practice called "sologamy".Erika Anderson, whose self-marriage ceremony helped this trend go viral, said it's more than just the dress:
"I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves. It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."
Anderson, 37 years old, said she grew frustrated after being asked so many times why she hadn't settled down with anyone so she decided to take matters into her own hands. Anderson was accompanied at her ceremony by many friends and family.
This isn't a process that you no longer have to go through alone, it's now becoming an industry. With small businesses like IMarriedMe.com and husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Levin and Bonnie Powers, you can accomplish your goal of self-marriage with a wedding band, vows, and daily affirmation cards for about $200.
One [small] unfortunate side is that self-marriage is not legally recognized, so don't expect any additional tax breaks.
So is sologamy going to be the next "big thing" in commitment? Jonathan Bennett, counselor and co-founder of The Popular Man isn't convinced, stating:
"Formalizing the single life through marriage to oneself is rare. I don't see it catching on. Humans, hardwired by evolution, possess a basic need for companionship and completely writing off romantic relationships won't be appealing to most men and women."
What do you think of sologamy? Do you think it's something that will catch on in the near or distant future, or at all? Is it something that you would do? Let us know what you think below in the comments.