This is probably the most unique way to celebrate a birthday…
A woman celebrated hers by throwing herself a ‘wedding’ for herself to celebrate being single. Interesting.
Michele Plum turned 36 earlier this month and, and has spent the last few years watching her friends get married. So this was the best way to show the world she is a ‘strong independent woman’.
The birthday bride told all her guests to sport their ‘best sh*t bridesmaid dresses, own wedding dress, cheesy suit’ or ‘whatever’ for her celebrations on August 17. So cool!
Michele, from West Sussex, got the idea when she was still single and her friends were settling down.
She spent her twenties as a single mum, so she wanted to show everyone she didn’t need a partner to be happy. She also hopes it’ll show her daughter that independence is a great thing.
On the ‘wedding’ invite, Michele congratulated herself for ‘making it all this way without marrying anyone,’
‘Seeing as I have no intentions to do so for real, I want to have a wedding’.
Her birthday was ‘the sort of wedding [she’s] always dreamed of’
“What’s better than to be surrounded by all my friends and family in a huge polyester gown? And I don’t even have to go home and live with a man for the rest of my life.
The message behind this is that I’m independent and strong. I’ve tried to teach my daughter that she doesn’t need a partner if she doesn’t want one. With hard work, enjoying life and having good friends and family, you don’t need to be dependent on someone else.
I’m happy now, but I never say never because you never know who’s going to come into your life.”
A month before the party and running everything by her friends, she took a few of them to a local charity shop where she found her dress.
Some were simply ‘not cheesy enough,’ but then she discovered a ‘Miss Havisham style’ dress which she described as perfect.
“I tore one of the bags open and gasped. That was it – it was the one. It’s very pale pink, has all these sequins on and my friend said I look like Ariel from The Little Mermaid when she gets married at the end.
I’ll be wearing it again at every possible opportunity – I might get it out for Halloween and you never know, if I ever do get married, I might wear it for that.”
Her family ‘didn’t get it at all and thought [she] was being really weird’. That didn’t stop her!