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Exciting, scary, crazy, beautiful – take every emotion, ball it up and that’s the essence of getting married. It’s a really big step most of us walk into bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The idea of forever with the one you love is magical.

The actual journey, however? It’s more like hard labor sprinkled with pixie dust.

Marriage is both fun and challenging. The more prepared you are for what’s to come, from in-laws to “submission,” the easier it is to get a running start and spend less time bickering about whose method of washing dishes works best.

Want to start off your new life in the right frame of mind? Here are 14 things every woman should know before getting married:

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