This shows us that a honeymoon does not have to be simply a week after the wedding, but can last a month, or even years! We hope to continue our honeymoon over the course of our entire lives together. My sister’s husband’s sister Elana once explained that traditionally, a honeymoon is 30 days long after the wedding (a full cycle of the moon). This gives us an opportunity to do as they did and take celebratory day trips and weekend trips over the course of the next year to celebrate our love again and again – because why should the honeymoon stop after 7 days?
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Please submit your ideas about places we should go over the course of our lifelong honeymoon. You can email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment with a description of your favorite place. It could be romantic, adventeruos, peaceful, etc.
According to suite101.com, “here is evidence that the term “honeymoon” is first used in the 16th century (1546) to mean ‘the period of pleasure immediately following a marriage.’ The concept of a honeymoon being tied into a vacation or trip did not occur until the 18th century. Dr. Samuel Johnson stated the honeymoon was ‘The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure,’ comparing it to the moon which begins to wane as soon as it is full.”
wisegeek.com: “Some people believe that the “honey” part of honeymoon refers to the tradition in some European countries of a newly married couple drinking honey mead for a month.”
Today’s “happy ending” to the wedding event is a far cry from its much different beginnings. The word honeymoon has its roots in the Norse word “hjunottsmanathr” which was anything but blissful. (Read more)