Honeymoons can trace their origins back to the practice of drinking honey mead!
Whether it’s Disney World, a grand tour of Europe, an exotic island, or an epic adventure, almost all newlyweds plan a honeymoon after their wedding. But…why? What does a special trip with your new spouse have to do with honey?
The answer lies again with honey and mead, a honey-based alcohol that was a popular drink due to its healthy properties. For a month (or a ‘moon’) following their wedding, the newlyweds were expected to drink honey every night as it was thought to increase virility as well as their chances of having a healthy child. While this practice was popular throughout Europe, it was especially popular in Ireland where honey was readily produced by monasteries and more. Serve mead alongside wine and champagne at your wedding to carry on the tradition!
Braided or plaited hair
It was said in Celtic wedding traditions that wearing your hair in braids or plaits on your wedding day brought luck for your new marriage, as well as symbolising feminine strength. While this is no longer the case, most women opt for an intricate up-do on their big day, which often includes interwoven braids.