Congratulations! You’ve said your vows and sealed them with a kiss, maybe even through a heartfelt elopement with us at Simple Marriages. As your go-to for all things wedding-related, our team of Elopement Specialists and professional officiants are here to guide you through the real truth of what to expect and how to make the first year memorable.


Everyone loves to glamorize the first year, but we’re here to give you the unfiltered truth. From highs and lows to everything in between, this comprehensive guide is designed to help you make the first year of marriage a memorable one.

Setting Realistic Expectations

The first year of marriage can often feel like a rollercoaster ride. The ride is smoother if you know what twists and turns to expect. At Simple Marriages, we believe in setting you up for success from the moment you say ‘I do’ and well into your first year of marriage.

The Highs: The Honeymoon Phase

Sure, the honeymoon phase is all about romantic dinners and lazy Netflix days, but making it memorable goes beyond that. This is the time to invest in your relationship.

The Lows: Common Challenges

Being in love doesn’t make you immune to life’s challenges. Financial pressures, familial expectations, and work-life balance are just a few hurdles you might face in your first year of marriage. Don’t shy away; tackle them head-on.

[[Example: Emily and Mark were on the brink of separation due to work stress. But with designated ‘us’ time during weekends, their marriage blossomed.]]

Read on for several tips for couples that eloped.

Communication is Key

Communication is the cornerstone of any successful marriage, especially during the first year. Being able to articulate your feelings and actively listen to your partner can solve half your problems before they even start.

Financial Planning for Newlyweds

Money issues are among the top reasons for marital discord. Setting a budget, tracking expenses, and being transparent can save you a lot of heated arguments.

Keep The Romance Alive

The romance doesn’t have to fade just because you’re married. Continue dating each other, surprise each other, and never stop flirting.

The Importance of Traditions

Creating your own traditions can add a layer of intimacy and make your first year of marriage memorable. Whether it’s a Sunday brunch or a yearly vacation, traditions can help in creating lasting memories.

Considering Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling isn’t just for couples in crisis. It’s also a proactive way to understand each other better and fortify your marriage, especially in the first year.

Conclusion: Making the First Year Memorable

The first year of marriage is a beautiful but complex journey. And the truth is, it’s both challenging and rewarding. But with some effort, open communication, and maybe a little guidance from us here at Simple Marriages, you can certainly make your first year of marriage an unforgettable one.