After failing to find the right life partner, Sarah Wilkinson, a 42-year-old woman who had saved up for two decades to fulfil her dream of a wedding, took matters into her own hands.
As reported by the BBC, she organised her own wedding ceremony, which was officiated by a friend who is a celebrant, at Harvest House in Felixstowe, Suffolk.
While the event wasn't a legally binding marriage, it served as Wilkinson's special wedding day. As she described it she loved being the centre of attention for the day.
The bride was joined by 40 of her nearest and dearest family and friends during the ceremony held on September 30. Later in the evening, an additional 40 people gathered at the tennis club across the street.
Allegedly she spent over £10,000 on the ceremony which she has accumulated and saved over the period of 20 years. As told by Wilkinson, she saved every month and any amount she won in the form of windfalls.
She had been saving for her wedding but since she couldn't find a partner of her choice even after a long search, Wilkinson decided to take it into her own hands and spend the money on herself and for the reason it was kept reserved. According to her, 'Why should I be deprived of the same pleasure as everybody just because I couldn't find someone suitable?'
The Wedding Idea
Wilkinson explained that she composed 14 vows for herself, with the initial one being a commitment never to let go of control over the TV remote. The idea for the wedding emerged when she celebrated her 40th birthday during the lockdown, prompting her to purchase a diamond engagement ring she had long desired.
The wedding saw the bride wearing a conventional white sequin gown, a multi-tiered cake adorned with a figurine of a bride kissing a frog, and the presence of her mother, who escorted her down the aisle.
Not The First Solo Bride
Earlier in May this year, a 77-year-old Ohio resident named Dorothy "Dottie" Fideli realised her lifelong aspiration by marrying herself. In a wedding ceremony held at her retirement home on May 13, Dottie celebrated her self-love.
The mother of three and grandmother had previously been married in 1965, but the marriage concluded after nine years. And after four decades of being unattached, she ultimately embraced self-love by marrying herself.
The emotional and symbolic wedding was hosted at the O'Bannon Terrace Retirement Home in Goshen, Ohio, with the presence of family and friends.
Another Story From India
In June of last year, Kshama Bindu from Gujarat garnered attention for marrying herself on June 11. The wedding was followed by a honeymoon trip.
Over 15 people attended the ceremony, which was followed by a small trip to Goa. Bindu allegedly did all the rituals of a wedding Hindu ceremony including the 'pheras' and applying sindoor to herself.
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