Though weddings are as unique as the individuals getting married, the traditions involved are unquestionably routine. Their origins, however, are quite surprising.
These days, honeymoons bring to mind white sand beaches and crystal clear water. Just about every couple embarks on some version of this romantic post-wedding getaway, but its origins are, in fact, quite literal.
According to Katie Martin’s The Everything Wedding Book, the honeymoon tradition is rooted in ancient times. Teutonic couples (part of a Jutland-based Germanic tribe) would marry on the night of a full moon, then drink honey wine (known to Renn Faire enthusiasts as mead) for 30 days afterwards to honor what was widely regarded as the sweetest month of marriage.
Having to drink on a daily basis probably doesn’t bode well for a partnership’s longevity; I’d say a week on the beach is a healthy development in this tradition’s evolution.