Togetherness, love, and affection, along with frequent sex, are the hallmarks of the honeymoon stage. It's also a time when most couples are at their physical peak and look their best.
During the honeymoon stage, friends and family may start to feel somewhat neglected as the couple's intimacy excludes them. It's perfectly normal behavior.
The honeymoon stage is a period of discovery, when you learn new things about your partner, for better or worse. There may be a jolting moment, when it hits you profoundly: This is the person I have vowed to spend the rest of my life with.
This phase is also when you begin to make major decisions that you may not have discussed prior to the wedding. It's also a time when you begin to forge habits and introduce rituals that will define your marriage for years to come.
Typically, the honeymoon stage of a relationship lasts for at least a year. Then other concerns such as work, family issues, financial pressures, and health may begin to pressure one member of the couple to adjust his or her focus from the new spouse to elsewhere. Often the couple is able to bounce back and reinvigorate their intoxication with one another.
For some couples, the honeymoon stage stretches three to five years and sometimes longer. In most cases, the honeymoon stage comes to a gradual halt and is replaced by deepening love and domesticity.
The arrival of the first child, and the needs and demands of that new life, always signals the end to this stage in a couple's relationship.