Want to get hitched but don't have a man?

By Drum Digital
04 January 2015

Travel company Cera Travel in Kyoto, a city in southern Japan, has started a new service called 'Solo Wedding.'

It lets single women enjoy all the fun and glamour of the day, including spending the honeymoon night in a fancy hotel.

The BBC and other outlets news websites are reporting that Cerca Travel’s two-day “solo wedding” package included choosing your own special gown, bouquet and hairstyle, a limousine service, a stay at a hotel and a commemorative photo album.

"This package boosted my sense of self-esteem… the effect was equal to a more extraordinary experience, such as visiting a World Heritage castle," says Tomoe Sawano, one of the first to try out a "solo wedding".

About 30 women from across Japan have become "solo brides" since the service was launched in May 2014. Almost half of them were married women who either did not have a wedding ceremony or were not satisfied with that experience, according to Cerca Travel.

The company's president, Yukiko Inoue, tells Kyodo she created the package "to encourage women to have positive feelings about themselves", but admits that "some people have said it would be 'lonely, miserable and sad' to use it".

The Japan Times notes in a recent article. It quotes the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research as saying that the country's population is expected to decline between 26% and 38% by 2060.

Sources: Daily Mail and BBC

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