When it comes to the tradition of having a honeymoon, it's tricky to get to the truth.

We've uncovered a raft of rumours, from the story that back in the days when husbands-to-be literally "took" a bride without her constant, which involved kidnapping her and hiding her from her family until the next full moon and plying her with a potent honey brew blend to promote fertility, to the 5th century idea that newlyweds drank mead, a honey-based alcoholic drink during their first "moon" of marriage for its alleged aphrodisiac properties.

Perhaps most plausible is that the origin comes from the Old English term "hony moone" with "hony" referring to the "indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newlywed couple" and "moone" referring to the fleeting amount of time that sweetness would last.

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