• 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.

11. It's really important to take a vacation.
You may be all about planning the honeymoon right now, but once it's behind you, you'll surely miss the delicious anticipation of a romantic getaway. (Not to mention a few days of house­ keeping service.) Committing to an annual just-the­-two­-of­-you escape—even if it's just to the B&B in the next town over—will help keep the romance alive and, hopefully, remind you why you got married in the first place. Photo: Getty Images