Marriage is full of surprises. You may know your fiance inside and out -- from the number on his high school football jersey to where he wants to retire in 40 years -- but you are still in uncharted waters when it comes to living as a married couple.
Here is a little insight on what surprises (good and bad) married life might have in store for you from iVillagers who have already tied the knot:
1. Being married doesn't mean you'll never feel lonely again.
"My husband and I just started counseling. Nothing major happened to trigger it, but it was obvious we were not together mind, body and soul. He said he was feeling lonely in our house. I was feeling the same way. Now we're trying to come back to the same path instead of traveling down different roads." --perchie98
2. Marriage doesn't mean that you'll "feel" like you're in love every day.
"A marriage doesn't just happen. Most long-term marriages have problems, but you work them out together." --ceh6
3. You still have to make an effort to spend quality time together.
"My husband and I have such hectic schedules that we have to maximize what time we do have together to keep from feeling like roommates. So we hug each other and talk in bed at night. We try to read the paper and have a cup of tea together in the morning. We juggle our schedules to have an occasional 'mental health' Sunday morning." --turtleesq
4. Marriage is fun!
"My husband and I enjoy the company we provide each other. We laugh together, tease each other and smile at each other. Yes, we have the serious side of life to deal with, but we don't let it consume our thoughts and time." --rtluchr