A lot of women want to get married. They want the wedding, the cake, the dress, the works. But some women could do without one irritating wedding’s element: a partner.
That’s what a young Taiwanese woman is planning to do. According to Reuters, Chen Wei-yih is going to marry herself in a wedding ceremony—white dress and all.
Chen Wei-yih has posed for a set of photos in a flowing white dress, enlisted a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall for a marriage celebration with 30 friends.
Uninspired by the men she’s met but facing social pressure to get married, the 30-year-old office worker from Taipei will hold the reception next month.
“Age thirty is a prime period for me. My work and experience are in good shape, but I haven’t found a partner, so what can I do?” Chen explained. “It’s not that I’m anti-marriage. I just hope that I can express a different idea within the bounds of a tradition.”
On Chen’s Facebook account, a number of the social network users around the world have been complimenting her bravery after browsing photos of the strong-willed lady. “I think there will be more and more girls like this,” said one comment.
Her philosophy in life is “You must get to love yourself before you fall in love with others.” After the unprecedented self-marriage, she is planning to enjoy her honeymoon in Australia and quit her coordinator post.
The newlywed fiancee criticized a deeply-rooted misconception in the Chinese society: staying single and independent is regarded as a failure in life.
“Now that I firmly believe it is unwise for a lady to engage to a man through a fabulous wedding, self-marriage can be an alternative,” she was quoted by the China Post as saying.
Taiwanese women are marrying later and less often as their economic status advances, fuelling government concerns about a drop in the birth rate and its impact on productivity.
Only 40 percent of women surveyed earlier this year by the education ministry said they imagined married people could live better than singles, local media said.
“I was just hoping that more people would love themselves,” said Chen, who will go on a solo honeymoon to Australia. Chen said her mother had insisted on a groom at first but later jumped aboard the solo marriage plan.
But as Chen cannot officially register a marriage to herself, if she finds a man later she will wed again. “If I had a steady boyfriend, I wouldn’t do this,” Chen said. “it would be offensive to him, anyway.” [Chen’s Facebook account via Daily Telegraph (UK) and Reuters]