Why Have Honeymoons?

honeymoons are as much a part of any weddings as the wedding preparation and the wedding day itself. It is usually included in the budgeting and planning of a wedding that, for most, weddings are never complete without a honeymoon.

Origins of Honeymoon

Honeymoon is said to have originated from the Norse people where the husband-to-be abducts the bride from a nearby village. He then takes her into hiding for some time without her family knowing where she is. Only his friends know where they are and give the bride’s family the assurance they need that she is fine. Once her family stops searching for her, the new husband and wife then return to their people with a child growing in her belly.

Others claim that during the time of Babylon, a honey-based drink called mead is given to the groom by the bride’s father. The groom then drinks it for the duration of the first month (first moon cycle) of his marriage to the bride. This is said to boost the fertility and virility of the newly-wedded couple.

Modern Honeymoon

Generally, the newlyweds have their honeymoon right after their wedding as their own and private celebration of their union and their life together. The honeymoon is typically a trip spent together in a place away from their home for the purpose of seclusion and intimacy. This also serves as a rest period after all the hassles and headaches that come with the wedding preparation and the anxiety and excitement of the wedding day itself. It is the perfect opportunity for the newlyweds to spend time with each other away from their usual lives, and it will be a start for them in getting to know each other better.

Favorite Honeymoon Spots

As this is a considered a part of the wedding process, the couple either saved up for the honeymoon or received a honeymoon trip as a gift from their parents or close friends. The most common and favorite destinations of newlyweds are the beaches and resorts in famous spots like Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Some couples take cruises and enjoy quality time spent lazing around and enjoying each other’s company. Going to Mexico and enjoying its rich cultural heritage is also a favorite among newlyweds.

But for those who want to save some money, a simple out-of-town travel and staying at their favorite hotel is enough. Honeymoon does not mean visiting exotic places. It means quality time for the newlyweds.

Life After the Wedding and Honeymoon

It does not matter if the newlyweds went on a honeymoon or not. It does not make or break a marriage. In fact, honeymoon does not mean that you have to be in exotic places to enjoy each other’s company. Take the intimacy honeymoon connotes into your busy daily lives and treat your every day life like it is still the honeymoon phase of your marriage.

Marriage should never be taken lightly. As they enter married life, they are sharing the beauty of living life with someone they love and cherish. Not only will they be sharing their lives together but their dreams, aspirations, hard works, joys, triumphs, losses, and hard times as well.

Eric Hartwell

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