The Honeymoon

The honeymoon is a trip or vacation taken by the newly married couple following the wedding day. This trip is taken so the couple can celebrate their wedding in an intimate, secluded place.

There are several ideas as to the origin of this special time. Some believe it originated in reference to an ancient practice in which newly married Babylonian couples drank mead--a honey-based alcoholic drink--for a month after their marriage.“

An early reference in literature to "honeymoon" was in 1552 in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. In this writing he referred to the word as "a sardonic reference to the inevitable waning of love like the phase of the moon." In other words no month of marriage will ever be as sweet as the first one

Some claim that the word comes from the ancient Norse practice of kidnapping one's bride and keeping her hidden away until she was either pregnant or her family stopped looking for her.

According to Wikipedia "in Western culture, the custom of a newlywed couple going on a holiday together originated in early 19th century Great Britain. Upper-class couples would take a 'bridal tour', sometimes accompanied by friends or family, to visit relatives that had not been able to attend the wedding.

Honeymoons in the modern sense--a holiday trip taken by the married couple--became widespread in Europe as one of the first instances of modern mass tourism. The most popular destinations at the time were the French Riviera and Italy, particularly its seaside resorts and romantic cities such as Rome, Verona or Venice.

Regardless of its origin, it is a time for a couple to celebrate their marriage and their new life together.

Where you go on your wedding trip will be determined by your budget. Traditionally, the groom is responsible for the expense of this holiday, but it can also be given as a wedding present by one or both sets of parents.

Many couples today choose an exotic location like an island in the Caribbean or the South Pacific. Others choose a destination that is closer to home and less expensive.

Whether your trip is a week in Hawaii, a seven day cruise, or a weekend at a local hotel, it should be a time that the couple devotes to relaxing and enjoying this special time together following the stress of the wedding and before the stress of married life begins! Read before cruising! is an excellent guide to start your cruise ship adventure. The video gave a good feeling of what it is like on board the cruise ship. It is very informative and filled with tons of information to help you identify the right cruise for you.

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