NORTH London woman Grace Gedler has got married to herself in a first-of-its type marriage that involved her self-proposing at a registry and then accepting the ring before signing up to marriage.
In what make likely become a new trend for women who want to get married but find it hard getting the correct partner, Ms Gedler proposed to herself at a ceremony attended by 50 guests. She said that she was inspired by Bjork’s song Isobel with the lyrics My name’s Isobel, Married to Myself.
Ms Gedler proposed to herself on Parliament Hill, north London and walked down the aisle alone. She was watched by friends and her sister and the wedding was completed with a kiss on a mirror.
According to Ms Gedler, she decided to take the plunge with herself after being single for six years and building up a good relationship. Despite not having much choice about staying with herself the rest of her life, Ms Gedler said she had pre-wedding jitters but went through with it anyway and now feels empowered and like she is no longer single.
She said: ‘A few did comment, in a light-hearted way, that it was a bit narcissistic. Obviously, if you have just announced you’re marrying yourself, it is plainly a statement of self-love and I was under no illusion how self-indulgent that might appear.
“But I was completely comfortable with my motivations. I’d been on a journey of personal development using meditation, dance and performance to increase my self-awareness.”
Ms Gedler added that the process she went through included a Shakti Tantra programme focused on sexuality and how this was bound up with making agreements with yourself and other people. It is not yet clear what legal status her marriage would have or whether it would be tenable in a court of law.