There may not have been a groom, but the 40-year-old celebrated her "fairy-tale wedding" with 70 of her nearest and dearest by her side.

By Kathleen Mulpeter
Updated: October 23, 2017

No soulmate, no problem. Tired of waiting for the right man to come along, Italian fitness instructor Laura Mesi took matters into her own hands by celebrating a wedding . . . to herself.

Mesi told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that she had always wanted a big wedding, and after a long-term relationship ended a few years ago, she decided that if she hadn't met Mr. Right before her 40th birthday, she would marry herself instead.

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Mesi made good on that promise with a lavish ceremony and reception held in Lissone, Italy, with 70 family and friends by her side.

"[L]oves, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, relatives will come in and out of your days all the time but you, only you, are definitely the person you'll spend your whole life with," she wrote in a post on her Facebook page.

Self-marriage may be unconventional, but Mesi opted to incorporate classic traditions like a white dress, diamond ring, champagne toast (the label said "Single"), and wedding cake (with just a bride figurine at the top) into her big day.

After the wedding, the fitness instructor kept the celebrations going with a solo honeymoon in Egypt.

"This is my fairy-tale wedding—only without a Prince Charming," Mesi wrote. "If one day I find a man with whom I can plan a future I'll be happy, but my happiness does not depend on him."

We'll toast to that.