• 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage: You might feel like a kid playing grown-up.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage: You'll feel as if you are forgetting something all the time.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - The baby hints will start immediately.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You will fight and make up (again and again).
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - Your relationship with your in-laws is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You might miss your mom.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - Sex will become a little, um...familiar.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You'll discover a
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - He may get you a horrible present.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - It's really important to take a vacation.
Jenna McCarthy is the author of If It Was Easy They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married (Berkley Books)

10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage

It won't all be cake and flowers, but it can be the best year of your life together so far.

It happens to nearly every newlywed. Sometime after the garter's been tossed and all traces of your (faux) honeymoon tan have vanished, you realize you spent so much time preparing to get married that you haven't thought much about being married. Even if you were living together before you tied the knot, there are bound to be some surprises over the next 365 days. Here are 10 you may want to prepare for... Photo: Getty Images