Meg Taylor Morrison had always wanted to get married during the spooky Halloween holiday in 2020.
However, the life and business coach had an amicable breakup in June last year, she realised her dream wedding might need to evolve into something slightly less traditional.
The 35-year-old planned her wedding for months, ordering a custom-made wedding cake, choosing the perfect dress and of course, picking out a glistening diamond ring.
"I wanted to marry myself as an act of self-love," Meg said.
"I'd always thought I'd get married on Halloween 2020, but instead I went through a very loving breakup shortly before in June.
"I'd heard about self-marriage ceremonies before and I thought, I don't need someone else to have this wedding.
Meg's wedding ceremony was attended by 10 of her closest friends and family in an Airbnb in Boulder, Colorado with all guests adhering to strict Covid-19 guidelines.
She walked down the aisle to a version of 'Here Comes the Bride' played on kazoos by her flower girls whilst her guests blew bubbles and drank champagne.
Meg then read out vows she had written, accepted her own wedding ring, and kissed herself in the mirror.
"I was excited to plan my wedding but also nervous at first about what people might think," she said.
"Was it selfish to have an entire non-birthday celebration dedicated to just me? Could I get myself a ring? Would people think I was compensating for not being married?
"My mum, who is my biggest supporter, was uncomfortable with it at first. She thought it might be seen as ego-centric and wanted me to be careful of how it came across to others. I told her that if others get triggered by it, it's okay.
"Part of marrying myself was about going beyond people pleasing or trying to look a certain way. It was about saying yes to my own desires.
"For the wedding day itself, I got my hair done and bought a fancy cake that I'd always wanted, my dress, beautiful Swarovski earrings and my wedding ring. It all cost about one-thousand-pounds overall."
Meg continued: "It was the most wonderful experience. Before the ceremony, I sat down with my officiate Sara who interviewed me about what it meant to me to be marrying myself.
"I then welcomed everyone and handed them bubble wands and tambourines.
Meg would recommend self-marriage to anyone and says that one of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to be single or recently heartbroken to get married to yourself. For her, it is an outward expression of self-love and a commitment to take care of herself.
"I wear my ring every day and it reminds me to listen to my intuition and make decisions that align with my values," Megan said.
"It also acts as a reminder that loving myself first is the basis for healthy relationships with others, whether it's my next romantic partner or my relationships with my family members.
"I've heard it said that a wedding is about ritual and having people witness you so they can remind you of your commitment later on.
"I see this as the same thing. Whenever I'm being hard on or doubting myself, I believe my friends who attended will remind me of my vows for next-level self-love.
"I wasn't trying to compensate for anything, fill a void or heal through this ceremony.
"I would have married myself even if I was still in a relationship."
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