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20 August 2014

Niagara Falls is for Honeymooners

A recent weekend trip to Niagara Falls got me thinking about all the people throughout the world who have been traveling to see the majestic water falls for centuries. Although many people choose Niagara Falls as a vacation spot, many travel there to honeymoon.

Niagara Falls welcomes the bride and groom :

 Niagara Falls Souvenir Plate German Porcelain Decorative Plate
From BlueMoonAttic on Etsy:

So although I was there on a beautiful summer weekend for a family reunion, I found myself searching the crowds wondering who was there for a more romantic reason.

Perhaps a seat by the falls reading poetry to your new spouse:

 Love Poetry Book and Three Red Satin Hearts 1993
From jpcountrymarket on Etsy

You can't visit Niagara Falls without knowing it's the honeymoon capital of the world! It all began in 1801 when Aaron Burr's daughter honeymooned there, followed by Napoleon's brother, Jerome, in 1804.

Early honeymoons began as a European tradition so the bridal couple could get to know one another better, show off their new status, or visit far flung relatives who could not travel to the wedding ceremony. Travel also may have included places where the groom had visited as a bachelor and wanted to revisit with his new bride. These trips were called the Grand Tour and usually involved travel throughout Europe for the upper classes. Traveling to Niagara Falls would have been quite an adventure in those early days, but once travel became easier in the 19th century, Niagara Falls became a popular destination for thousands of love birds who flocked there.

No grand tour would be complete without lots of luggage:

 Travel Trunk Suitcase Dutchmaid Bakelite Handle Metal Suitcase Ancient of Daze

Since 1949 the mayor of Niagara Falls has signed close to a million honeymoon certificates that documents the newlyweds' travel to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon.

Here comes the bride to Niagara Falls:
SALE! Vintage 1960s Empire Waist Wedding Dress / XS Extra Small / Matching Veil / Chantilly Lace

Even Marilyn Monroe made a trip to the falls as she played a honeymooner in the 1953 movie, Niagara, a thriller which has enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Today if you were a bride and groom there on your honeymoon, you would be one of 12 million visitors to pay a summer visit to the falls.

Modern day honeymooners would find plenty of things to do while visiting sites such as the Cave Of The Winds and Maid of the Mist on the U.S. side and a very large buffet with a beautiful view of the falls at the Falls View Casino or a romantic horse and buggy ride on the Canadian side.

While at the falls take a ride on the Maid Of The Mist:
1980s Vintage Jonette JJ Pewter Cruise Ship Brooch with Five Figural Charms a Camera Palm Tree Sun Glasses Passport and Luggage

 From ngpopp

So although a lot has changed through the centuries about Niagara Falls, it is still the mighty Niagara that has been welcoming honeymooners for centuries.

written by Amy: owner of the shops DottieDigsVintage and MrDottieDigsVintage on Etsy


NeverTooOld said...

Wonderful, romantic, and lends to the days of old. Love all the vintagicity, especially that lovely wedding gown. Enjoyed the read so that I now long for (never took a honeymoon) and have added a visit to the falls to my bucket list. :0)

Melissa Brown said...

Now I want to go to Niagra Falls, but in the 50s!

Anonymous said...

So much fun! Love this post!


Angela Spiess said...

What fun! I've learned so much reading this entertaining entry. Thank you, Amy!

Renee Tielkemeier said...

Well done article! Have never been but definitely want to go now! Good job Amy!!

Anonymous said...

I have never been either and it looks and sounds romantic and wonderful - thank you for a great visit!


Linda said...

What a trip!

Meg's Endeavors said...

This is a great article.. Loved it.. Think we will plan that trip now!

Blue Moon Attic said...

I did go to Niagara Falls on my honeymoon! It was part of a tour we took around the Great Lakes and spectacular. Although we were camping and I got poison ivy on my derriere. A terrific post Ms Amy Dot! Love you!

Blue Moon Attic said...

I did go to Niagara Falls on my honeymoon! It was part of a tour we took around the Great Lakes and spectacular. Although we were camping and I got poison ivy on my derriere. A terrific post Ms Amy Dot! Love you!

kinseysue said...

Lovely photographs. We went a few years ago and the sights are truly heart-stopping. thanks for bringing back some fun memories.