There are so many of us who dream about walking down the aisle as our Prince Charming lovingly stares into our eyes. In the midst of the fantasy, we tend to forget real life isn't as picture perfect as our pretty lace dress.

The truth? Happy endings aren't something we happen to stumble upon. They're a product of devotion and unfaltering diligence. There's just no such thing as a short cut to wedded bliss.

If you're not fully prepared for the trials and tribulations of marriage, you might eventually find yourself in the throes of a divorce court. And believe us - it isn't a bed of roses.

So before you even THINK about getting engaged, here are 21 things you NEED to know about you and your other half.