There are a number of things you ought to settle while planning for your wedding like the wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, entertainment for your guests, cost of renting the reception venues, seats and others before thinking of your honeymoon. Why is this vital? Oh that is simple; even if you are on a tight budget or you do not have enough money to cater for the most luxurious honeymoons, you must ensure that you do just enough to keep your guests comfortable and happy on your wedding day. No one needs to know how much you will pay for your honeymoon trip but the physical things on display like your wedding dresses, entertainment and general comfort given them on the day must be paid heed to.
I have always been a fan of; “Ensure you have sufficient money before fixing the wedding” and this lesson was inspired by certain experiences I had in the past. I attended a wedding one time that the couple were expecting to receive money from the wedding gifts and presents from friends and family to settle the bills that accrued. The designer that made the wedding dresses was not paid, neither was the cake designer nor the wedding planner. So all through the event, the groom looked distracted and disturbed as though he was trying to figure out how to settle the bills with the poor turnout of people. That rule is simple; “Be ready before you fix the dates”.
For many brides, their sights are on the honeymoon. Where would it be? Would it be as romantic as in the movies? What is it going to be like? Your honeymoon period should be fun filled and even if you do not have the money to take her to the Caribbean, make the time worthwhile. In the true stance of things, if you judged based on the origin, honeymoon might not have as much excitement as it generates nowadays. It is believed that the word “˜honeymoon’ originated from the word “˜hjunottsmanathr’. Try pronouncing that and you will realize that all of a sudden, it does not seem as appealing anymore.
Ancient history tells that honeymoon involved abducting a bride from a nearby village and the snatcher keeps his “˜bride’ in hiding for a period of time. His friends and close relations maybe could be aware of this “˜hideout’ while the girl’s family starts searching for her. When they are done with their fruitless search, the groom will return to his family with his catch.
Northern Europeans believe that the word stood for the first 30 days of this couple’s union. They would spend it far afar from “˜disturbances’ from family or friends and will within this first month, drink a wine called mead. These practices date back to the 433 to 453 AD.
For me, I could interpret it to mean that “˜sweet’ (honey is sweet) “˜period’ (a moon can be set to be time frame) newly wedded couples spend all to themselves consummating their love for each other.