Historical Rise of the Honeymoon
The idea of monogamy between two lovers may indeed be an ancient one, but truthfully, the honeymoon period is actually a relatively recent custom in comparison! It actually wasn’t until about the beginning of the 19th century, under four hundred years ago, that the tradition of going somewhere far away to effectively acclimate to the new level of physical proximity was first fully established. The origin of the tradition can be traced back to Great Britain, where it was first classified as something called a ‘bridal tour’. Understandably, it was generally the upper-class couples that would be the ones partaking in the custom. The two newlyweds would go on their bridal tour in the same fashion that modern customers will commonly go on their honeymoons, and oftentimes, they would even bring their friends and families along with them! The bridal tour was called such due to the fact that it was more than only a vacation and time of respite, as it is commonly qualified today; the bridal tour was also a time that the newlyweds could reach out and actually visit any of their closest friends and family that simply weren’t able to make the wedding because of extenuating circumstances.
Voyage a la Facon Anglaise
Before long, word spread around about the bridal tour custom. After hearing all about the tradition, other parts of Europe decided that they wanted in on the fun as well. Eventually, the practice was spread all throughout England and had taken on an entirely new name in France: voyage a la facon anglaise.
The Beautiful Era
Even after this meteoric rise to popularity, the custom had not yet taken on the same form that we see it in today, as a voyage to somewhere exotic with the same kind of gravity as a holiday celebration. The first sort of conventional honeymoon practice was observed during the Belle Epoque, a period In France that extended from 1871 up until the end of the first World War in the year 1914. This extremely peaceful period formed the perfect backdrop for the development of the voyage a la facon anglaise into the exotic, romanticized couple’s odyssey of a honeymoon that we know today.