The origin of the honeymoon, however, was when early men used to carry their brides to far off, secret places where she couldn’t be found staying there for almost a month.
The word “honeymoon” conjures up images of a romantic getaway a deux, created for lovebirds who have just tied the knot and are ready to enjoy some time one-on-one. But that wasn’t always the case. Though it was first coined back in the 16th century, honeymoon took on (a version of) its current meaning in the early 1800s, when Brits used it to refer to a post-wedding tour in which newlyweds (and their families) visited relatives throughout the country who had not been able to attended the nuptials.
During mid-Victorian times the prominent colors of the dress were practically brown or black. The bride was advised not to wear anything noticeably new to make people figure out that they were newly married. If the bride married in the traveling dress, she wore a bonnet on her head instead of a veil. The couple was accompanied by family and friends till 1860s, but after that, they used to travel alone.
Fortunately, by the time the 1950s rolled around, honeymoons only had room for two. But they were still quite different from what they are today. While the most popular destinations for honeymooners these days include Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas, back then honeymooners from the U.S. and U.K. had their sights set elsewhere. Four of the most popular honeymoon destinations of the ’50s just may surprise you — so take a look
Even in the Swinging Sixties, many couples made it all the way to their wedding night without ever glimpsing each other’s underwear, let alone what lay beneath. Sex wasn’t expected to be pleasurable for women — and was always a source of potential embarrassment.
‘Often a husband can make that first night easier for a wife if he finds an errand to perform while his bride is preparing to retire,’ wrote psychologist and marriage counsellor Dr Clifford R. Adams in Modern Bride magazine in 1952.
‘He may even suggest that he will be gone for 15 or 20 minutes, which will give her a chance to be in bed when he returns.’ But new wives shouldn’t expect too much, Dr Adams warned.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Sex, which includes somewhat bizarre diagrams comparing a woman’s reproductive organs to that of a chicken, was relatively outspoken on the subject of bedroom antics.
Want to keep your husband content after the honeymoon? Forget daring lingerie or sparkling conversation. Marriage experts from the 50s agreed universally that no marriage could possibly survive a man having an empty stomach.
And woe the wife who put an afternoon’s jollity before the evening meal. ‘A social service meeting, an afternoon tea, a matinee, a whatnot, is no excuse for there being no dinner ready when a husband comes home from a hard day’s work,’ advised the Rev A. H. Tyrer in his influential 1951 manual Sex Satisfaction And Happy Marriage.
- The Province,
- 19 Mar 1920, Fri,
- Page 8
- Calgary Herald,
- 12 Aug 1910, Fri,
- Page 4
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