'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

An Italian woman has made headlines across the world after marrying herself in a ceremony with a white wedding dress, a three-tier cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. 

Mesi got the idea two years ago when her 12-year relationship ended and she told her girlfriends if she didn’t find her soul mate by 40, she’d marry herself.

And unlike most women who make strange deadlines and promises for their future love lives, Mesi stuck to it.

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

Laura Mesi, a fitness instructor and vlogger from the small town of Lissone near Milan, is believed to be the first woman in the country to marry herself following the recent ceremony. 

The 40-year-old said the idea of a solo wedding – which has no legal significance – first came to her two years ago after the end of a 12-year relationship.

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

She told in an interview: “I told my relatives and friends that if I had not found my soul mate I would marry myself by my 40th birthday”. 

She said she has not rejected and forget the possibility that she may one day find love and meet her prince charming again but said she can “live a fairytale even without a Prince Charming”. 


'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

“If tomorrow I find a man to build a future with I will be happy, but my happiness will not depend on him, I firmly believe that each of us must, first of all, love ourselves. You can have a fairytale even without the prince.

“This is my fairytale wedding - only without a Prince Charming.”

She said she had spent just over 10,000 euros (£8,750) on the day but was able to cover the expenses of the reception through gifts from the 70 wedding guests. 


'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

Ms. Mesi said her family had been supportive of her decision – including her brother was initially skeptical but served as a celebrant at the ceremony. 

She is believed to be the first woman to celebrate a self-marriage in Italy, but earlier this year Nello Ruggiero was the first groom to marry himself in a ceremony in Naples. 

Ms. Mesi is one of an increasing number of people entering into a marriage with themselves without waiting for a partner.



Sologamy gained pop culture steam in a 2003 episode of “Sex and the City” when Carrie Bradshaw was annoyed after attending another baby shower (naturally) and it dawned on her that single people get no holidays or special occasions to celebrate themselves while being forced to spend hundreds on their married friends’ showers and wedding celebrations.

Several other single brides and even a groom have held “self-marriage” ceremonies. A Houston woman married herself in 2015, according to ABC News. A Naples man married himself earlier in 2017, according to BBC.

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

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'A fairytale without the prince': Italian woman 'marries herself'

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