The Perks of Marrying Yourself

It's an assertion of independence and self-confidence: Rachel Kramer Bussel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2011 6:52 AM CDT
It's an assertion of independence and self-confidence.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – After a broken engagement, a New York woman did something unusual on her planned wedding day—Desiree Moodie gathered some friends, headed to Central Park, and "married herself." Her cousin read out vows she had penned: "I will make my happiness a priority and forgive myself when I’m not perfect," and "I will love myself forever more, through good and bad, thick and thin." The bride set a “revolutionary” example, writes friend Rachel Kramer Bussel at the Frisky.

“It’s high time single ladies demand not just rings, but respect,” she notes. As Moodie put it, “I didn’t want to focus on what I had lost but rather what I still had and even what I had gained.” Her pledges of self-confidence and independence “are promises I think we’d all be better off making to ourselves, singled, coupled, or somewhere in between,” Bussel observes. “While the idea may be easy to dismiss as laughable, I found it inspiring to see my friend’s happily beaming face bask in the sunshine, a circle of her friends, and the start of a new life.” Click through for the full article.

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