Quote from BBC News online
‘A travel agency in one of Japan’s most beautiful cities, Kyoto, has started organising bridal ceremonies for single women.
Kyodo news agency reports that Cerca Travel’s two-day “solo wedding” package includes choosing your own special gown, bouquet and hairstyle, a limousine service, a stay at a hotel and a commemorative photo album. “This package boosted my sense of self-esteem… the effect was equal to a more extraordinary experience, such as visiting a World Heritage castle,” says Tomoe Sawano, one of the first to try out a “solo wedding”. About 30 women from across Japan have become “solo brides” since the service was launched in May. Almost half of them were married women who either did not have a wedding ceremony or were not satisfied with that experience, according to Cerca Travel.’
‘The company’s president, Yukiko Inoue, tells Kyodo she created the package “to encourage women to have positive feelings about themselves”…. “Nationwide, more Japanese are living alone for a number of reasons – among them aging, urbanization, later marriage age and rising divorce rates,” The Japan Times notes in a recent article. It quotes the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research as saying that the country’s population is expected to decline between 26% and 38% by 2060.’
Ok, so every women I know wants to be pampered or made a fuss of in some way and often a persons birthday is the one day that is all about them. As Kelly Osbourne was known to wail “It’s MY birthday!” but what if a woman wants more than one celebration of herself that year? After all brides get to wear the perfect outfit and pick out accessories, they get a hen do or a party leading up to the big day and they get to celebrate an anniversary every year. Remember when Carrie in Sex and the City pretended to marry herself – just to get some shoes? Personally I thought that motivation was rather pathetic but you get my point. A person may have had a lousy wedding in the past or married an idiot and now wants to celebrate being newly single. It could be a statement by someone who is fiercly individual and never plans to marry but still wants a fuss made of them.
Personally I think it would be the most depressing thing I had ever done unless I had a few girly mates around me to help me celebrate me.
View a blog tag I joined last year called ‘Marry My Blog’ where bloggers chose their fantasy weddings (if they married their blog – like one does) without any partners interfering with the details!
Would you ever have a solo wedding?