As any couple knows, planning the honeymoon is at least as important as planning the wedding day itself. Traditionally the first vacation that you’ll take as a married couple (and presumably when the couple will consummate the union), a honeymoon is now the period of time where a couple can rest and recharge after going through the stress and excitement of the wedding ceremony. But why do we take these trips? The idea of a honeymoon originates far back in time, and didn’t originate as the vacation trip we take now.
Planning is till the better way to keep your resources intact and become more cost effective in your expenditures. The couple can take advantage of honeymoon packages or resort promotions offered by resort owners with proper planning. There are honeymoon destinations that are offering big discounts for reservations made ahead of time. Some even offer as much as fifty percent discount for couples who book their honeymoon months before their wedding. This is to secure the future income of the resorts. The couple won’t only be in a position to save on their finances but will also be in a position to plan their honeymoon itinerary ahead of time by availing of these promotions.
There are many variations on the history of where the honeymoon began. As the word goes, its first regular usage in English can only be dated back to the sixteenth century. Many stories of how honeymoons came to be report that the idea of a honeymoon started much earlier than that date. However, it is difficult to tell whether these are fact or fiction.
Broadening The Honeymoon Circle
One idea that is repeated by most people is that the word ‘honeymoon’ was employed to describe an ancient Babylonian tradition where the parent of the bride would give the groom all the mead (honey wine) he could drink for the 1st month (moon) of marriage. This was supposed to be given to the couple a boost to their fertility. While this idea is generally accepted as fact, since the word honeymoon was not used at this time (Babylon fell far before the 16th century), historians cannot be sure that it is at this level that the custom and word honeymoon came from.
A third idea is that in Northern European cultures, a ‘moon’ was delegate of the monthly cycle of the fund-and honey was said to represent how sweet the first one of the following months was for a married couple. The word was a caution, that future ‘moons’ in the marriage can only be as sweet as the honeymoon.
No matter which you decide to believe, one thing is certain: the honeymoon is there to stay. In current times, honeymoons rarely last a full month, and most couples are aware that not all of their marriage will be just as thrilling and fun as their first vacation. That is fine with most couples. Their content to enjoy their honeymoon and married life as it comes.