Why is it called a honeymoon? Many stories and legends, dating back hundreds of years, suggest a number of ideas and traditions behind the wedding holiday being called a honeymoon. We’ve done a little digging to unpick the meaning of a honeymoon.

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The honeymoon represents one of the most traditional elements of the whole wedding and one that is highly unlikely to ever go out of fashion, even today. But what does the term ‘honeymoon’ actually mean? And where does it come from?

What is a Honeymoon?

First off, let’s take a minute to clarify the modern definition of a honeymoon. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a honeymoon is a holiday spent together by a newly married couple following their wedding day.

It can also refer to an ‘initial period of enthusiasm or goodwill,’ but more on that later.

Why is it Called a Honeymoon?

The post-wedding holiday or what is most commonly known as the ‘honeymoon’ amazingly originates from the Old English term ‘hony moone‘.

What Does Honeymoon Mean?

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Hony‘ meaning honey, symbolised the sweetness of marriage and the European custom to supply newlyweds with the month-long lasting alcoholic liquor called mead made with fermented honey and water. ‘

Moone‘ was believed to have referred to the body’s monthly cycle. So the hony moone was the period in your life following your marriage, where everything is sweet and rosy. It also suggests that not ALL moon’s of married life are to be as sweet as the first. This is why you will often hear the term ‘honeymoon period’ banded around.

How Long Does the Honeymoon Period Last?

In an ideal world we wouldn’t ever reach an end to the honeymoon period. But when the initial newlywed excitement begins to fade, the realities of a not-so-plain-sailing marriage will start to dawn on you as early as a few months after the big day.

Yes, the whirlwind that was your wedding day was the peak of your marriage but loss of that excitement shouldn’t be mistaken for the loss of love.

You have only just begun your journey together. You will continue to learn more about one another and be reminded of the reason you came together in the first place.

If you have hit that post-honeymoon phase it never hurts to remind yourself of these 7 struggles only married couples will understand and why they are totally normal.

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Still searching for the perfect honeymoon destination for you and your hubby-to-be?

So now you know the story behind the honeymoon meaning, it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll be jetting off to after your big day.

From city breaks and minimoons to long-haul honeymoon destinations and secluded private islands, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your honeymoon. We’ve got all the honeymoon inspiration you could need, as well as top tips for what to do, where to go and what to pack. Plus, we’ve got all you need to know how to budget for your honeymoon for less without compromising on luxury.

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Jennifer Read-Dominguez is the Digital Editor of Wedding Ideas magazine, heading up the website and covering all things lifestyle and beauty – from the best hen weekend destinations and luxury honeymoon hotspots, to the perfect hair extensions for your wedding day. When not on her soapbox about her home renovations and commuting troubles, she's known around the office for her love of Millwall FC and MasterChef. Despite telling the world she was about to get engaged underneath a spectacular show of the Northern Lights in Finland last year, Jennifer is still waiting for her boyfriend Ashton to propose...