History of honeymoons

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For today’s bride and groom, the honeymoon is a welcome escape after the excitement and stress of planning the wedding and reception. But the word “honeymoon” actually comes from a 17th century tradition in which bride and groom drank honey-flavored liquor each day for a month following their nuptials. By the 19th century, the honeymoon had become a period in which newlyweds took extended tours to visit faraway family members who could not attend the wedding.

The great writer Samuel Johnson described the honeymoon as “nothing but tenderness and pleasure,” a private idyll before the day-to-day toils of marriage officially begin. The end of the honeymoon, alas, supposedly means the party’s over.

For that reason, it is important to plan a honeymoon that is restful, not stressful, one that is well-suited to the temperament, personality and predilections of the couple. Remember, a happy honeymoon sets the stage for a happy ever-after.


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