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New Wedding Trend For Brides Is Missing Something Important - A Partner

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There's a new-age trend where woman are taking matters regarding love into their own hands.

We're shocked when we hear stories about polygamy, in which someone has more than one wife or husband at the same time. But how are we supposed to feel about the new wedding craze known as sologamy?

Although self-marriages are not legally recognized in the U.S. or in Europe, they're happening in many Western countries.  

An American woman named Linda Baker is reportedly the first person to marry herself in the U.S. She celebrated her 40th birthday in 1993 by saying "I do" in front of seven bridesmaids and 75 family and friends.

In 2003, Sarah Jessica Parker, playing the character Carrie Bradshaw, thought about marrying herself in an episode of Sex and the City.

It's unclear whether that popular TV series resulted in the increase of single woman marrying themselves, but it's reported that's around the time the trend started.

Now places are offering unique packages for single brides that want to get married.

But why are people doing it? I'm sure you have A LOT of questions...

Grace Gelder, a photographer, said she's confident about her decision to marry herself.

"I was getting happy with who I was as a person, but I also wanted to look at the things that weren't working so well—basically, take stock of everything and make vows for the future based on that. It was a great exercise in being able to reassess and look at what's working and what's not," she told VICE News.

And she hasn't had any regrets.

"My sense of who I am is much stronger and less dependent on other people."

However, not everyone is as open-minded to this idea. Some people refer to individuals who marry themselves as "narcissists" or "bitter feminists."  

Gelder has a response for those who criticize her: "There's an acknowledgment that whether you're in a relationship or not, if you don't have a good relationship with yourself, your life is not as fulfilling."

What are your thoughts about this new-age trend? Would you ever marry yourself?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.