Thirty-year-old Wei-yih Chen, an office worker from Taipei, was uninspired by the men she had met from whom she would have picked a marriage partner.
Succumbing to social pressure, she decided to get married, but to herself, without a groom!
She posed for a set of photos in a flowing white dress, hired a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall for a marriage celebration with 30 friends. She even paid for a solo honeymoon to Australia!
“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? It’s not that I’m anti-marriage. I just hope that I can express a different idea within the bounds of a tradition,” said Chen.
Her wedding, costing NT$50,000 (approx. US$1,500), has generated much online attention in the form of more than 1,800 mostly sympathetic comments.
A shift in Taiwanese thinking concerning marriage has resulted in women marrying later and less often as their economic status advances. This has incited governmental concerns about a decrease in the island’s birth rate and the impact of that on national productivity.
Chen could not officially register the marriage to herself, which means that she will have to go through a ceremony again if she meets a suitable partner down the line.
If you think about it, as odd as it seems, the idea of loving oneself to the point of matrimony may be absurd, but it is a little bit soothing. For without a love for oneself there can be no love for others.
Still, where will she go if later she decides there are “irreconcilable differences” and wants a divorce?
Will she need another ceremony?