Single Women Throwing Weddings for Themselves Are Just Sad

brideI love a wedding! Watching two people who have found each other and are committing to spend the rest of their lives together is definitely cause for celebration -- and, let's face it, the food, dancing, and open bar don't hurt either!

Many brides dream of their big day from the time they're little girls. But what happens if you never find your soul mate? Should you still have an opportunity to don a gorgeous gown and be the center of attention?

One travel company in Kyoto, a city in southern Japan, thinks so. Cera Travel has started a new service called 'Solo Wedding,' aimed at busy career women who don't have a fiance but still want to experience their dream day. Say what?


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Let me break it down for you. During the two-day excursion, these faux brides get their hair and makeup done, choose not only a dress, but also a model to pose for photos with them if they wish, and then spend the "wedding" night (often alone) in an upscale hotel. So far 10 women have purchased this package, which costs approximately $2,750. 

I don't know about you, but this just seems super-sad. Maybe it's just me -- and in the interest of full disclosure, I did have a wedding -- but without a groom, this would feel like an elaborate, not to mention expensive, game of dress-up. And where would you display that wedding photo? And what would you say when friends, family, and coworkers ask, "So, who's that guy standing next to you?" Weird, right?

I have a few family members -- women in their 40s and 50s -- who never found "the one."

While they don't talk about it openly, I'm sure they'd have loved to have had a dream wedding. But instead of opting for something like these sham "solo weddings," one threw herself a lavish 50th birthday party and the other takes extravagant trips to far-off places most married women (like me!) could only dream of. These options seem like a much better use of their time and money. Why not celebrate what you do have rather than what you don't?

I get it, the women who purchased these packages don't want to feel like they've missed out -- but without the love that should truly be at the center of a wedding, I think they've already missed the whole point. 

Do you think the idea of solo weddings will catch on in the US?

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