The etymology of the word comes from the Old English hony moone Hony, a reference to honey, refers to the “indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple,” and how sweet the new marriage is. Moone, meanwhile, refers to the fleeting amount of time that sweetness would last. While honeymoon has a positive connotation today, it was first used as a term to warn newlyweds about waning love.
The first recorded description of the word comes from 1542, when Samuel Johnson wrote: “The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure; originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full that it begins to wane…
In todays generation Honeymoon has become more important than marriage ceremonies. Weddings can be really stressful, and the honeymoon is a great way to relieve some of that. It is also an emotionally charged moment that is rarely cherished by couples in privacy – the honeymoon again steps in to do the needful.
In cultures where arranged marriages are the norm, the honeymoon acts as an icebreaker of sorts for couples who have never previously mingled outside extensive company. In other cultures, it is simply social obligation that requires you to take your spouse for a holiday.
The best reason is basically because its a nice thing for couples to do as a first-thing-we-did-after-we-
Ofcourse its not necessary to go for a honeymoon – many couples find it wasteful and kind of pointless. But it is, like all holidays are, special.