A woman who was jilted by her fiancé three months before the big day married herself in a £21,000 ceremony. Laëtitia Nguyen, 38, walked down the aisle alone before exchanging vows with herself on the picturesque island of Santorini in May this year. The finance manager, 38, from Reims, France, had planned the wedding of her dreams with her fiancé who she’d been in a relationship with for three years. But three months before they were going to tie the knot he became distant and eventually walked out in February.
‘We wanted to have a child after the wedding and we had lot of plans. We both wanted an intimate and wonderful wedding. ‘We were both very proud to be marrying each other and we were both very involved in the preparation for the big day. ‘In mid-February 2017 we split up and I don’t know why. ‘I am still very hurt and always will be, but life is a gift and I must enjoy it.’ Laëtitia’s wedding was the first solo wedding in Santorini, with the ceremony costing £18,000 and the dress costing just over £3,000. She said: ‘You can’t erase a day, so I needed to turn it into something very positive. ‘It was exactly like a normal wedding, just without a groom.
‘In all there were eight guests including my parents, my sister and her fiancé, and then some close friends. ‘My ring is an antique cameo ring circa 1900, which I wear on my left middle finger.’ Laëtitia has since frozen her eggs in the hope she will one day have children. She said she wanted to go through with the marriage to affirm her own self-worth, saying it gave her a big confidence boost. ‘I’m very proud of myself and incredibly grateful to my family and friends,’ she said. ‘It was just a question of survival for me. I needed something positive from this day to forget about all the drama in my life. ‘It’s always humiliating to be dumped but it’s even worse before a wedding. This ceremony gave me back my self-confidence and I reconnected with myself. It was my rebirth.
‘No man wanted to marry me, but I wanted to marry me because I’m amazing and I know it. I’m not ashamed. ‘Some people don’t understand. Others said it was just so me and it was a great decision and very courageous.’ After the wedding Laëtitia stayed in Santorini for a couple of weeks, and visited for the anniversary. She added: ‘It is difficult for me to keep my faith in love, for now I’m still recovering and focusing on myself. ‘My friends and family have been very supportive of me and not very surprised. I always do unconventional things and I don’t give up easily because I try to stay positive throughout it all.’