The honeymoon is a relic of the days of marriage by capture.Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.As the joining of man and woman, it has increased in complexity as societies have become more sophisticated and civilized.Heavily steeped in both custom and tradition, religion and civil law, many practices have died away as new ones replaced them. On seeing the woman, Adam exclaimed, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man" (Gen. Gods ideal is for man to be the husband of one wife and that marriage is to be permanent. ) The time span between Gods decree and the beginning of recorded history is unknown.
It had, dramatically, become a buyers market.In written laws on the subject, marriage consisted of two separate transactions.First, there as the agreement between the bridegroom and the brides father or guardian, each formally binding himself to his part of the marriage agreement -- the drawing up of the contract.In better times and if tribes were on good terms, women could be exchanged easily; if not, they were simply abducted and raped (in Latin, "rape" means "to carry off".) The maid of honor and brides maids , on the other hand, were the women who helped the bride get away from her protective family and from other suitors so that she could be captured by the groom she wanted.When such quaint methods of getting the bride and groom together faded in popularity, the honor rules survived.
The groom still gave a gift, but he also received more than just a bride.