Honey is a powerful marriage symbol everywhere, the sure sign of its momentary sweetness. While the officiating priest recites blessing mantras at a Hindu wedding, the bride’s parents welcome the groom by offering Madhuparka, yogurt mixed with honey. Honey makes accepting the marriage sweet and yogurt promises strong health. The common Moroccan wedding dessert, almond and honey briouats-- fillo cornets of almond paste scented with orange flower water and drenched with honey—are meant to start the marriage sweetly but also nobly because almonds and orange flower water are considered the exalted foods of royalty. Sephardic Jewish weddings in the Middle Eastern tradition serve sutlach, a sweet rice pudding made from coconut milk, honey, and almonds to represent a sweet, prosperous life
Irish Catholics pour mead, particularly mead made using honey, because ancient Celts equated honey with virility. Some historians believe this is the origin of our word honeymoon.