At first, we thought that it probably started as a way for a couple to be able to have some alone time together (if you know what we mean), but when you take a look at history, it’s actually far from that assumption. The custom allegedly started in 19th century Britain, where couples would travel after their wedding to visit family members and friends who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. There was no alone time involved in the equation. The term “honeymoon”, according to a theory, comes from the tradition dating back to 5th century Britain where newlywed couples would drink a sweet beverage called mead which was a honey-based alcohol right after their first moon together as a married couple. The drink was believed to have aphrodisiac properties to help with conception, and was gifted to the newlyweds by the guests of the wedding.
Another theory can be tracked to 16th century authors Richard Huloet and Samuel Johnson, who were both skeptics of the tradition, referring to the honeymoon as the “honey mone”. Richard wrote the following in 1552: Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceeding love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone.Which pretty much means that the couple may be happy now, but it won’t last much longer. How lovely…
Whatever its origin, the honeymoon has become an important part of every couple’s union!
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