10/10/2012 02:31 pm ET

How Divorce Parties Became The New Bachelorettes

Mari-Rene Alu is cheesing like Honey Boo Boo Child in front of her flaming backyard barbecue grill in Las Vegas. It’s one of the fortysomething flight attendant’s favorite photos: Her blonde bob is professionally blown-out, she has a fresh French manicure. and she’s wearing a black sash that blares: “Just Divorced.”

“It was my idea to burn my wedding dress,” she says with a giggle. “It was amazing.”

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