like a wedding ring can do!
It allows a thrill
when we start to bill and coo
I can squeeze you here
I can squeeze you there
And I'm never told to handle with care
I don't have to stop when I kiss your hand
Oh, it's grand!"
Alice and Bob have decided to put off Their First Time (which isn't necessarily the first time for either of them) until they get married. Maybe they believe in waiting until marriage. Maybe it's because they think it'll make their wedding night "extra special." Either way, they wait.
But once the vows are exchanged, the gloves (and clothes) are off and they proceed to make up for lost time. They spend days in the bedroom (and often other places) and are frequently shown sneaking off for a quickie. Often lampshaded by other characters.
You're much more likely to see this in older or historical works, when couples were more likely to wait until marriage to have sex. Most modern-day couples, unless they come from conservative cultural backgrounds, tend to already have an active sex life long before tying the knot, thus downplaying the trope significantly. Ironically, when this is the case, they're less likely to have sex on their wedding night because they're exhausted from the day's festivities.
- In Sachiare!, 18-year-old Tomoharu is newly married to 25-year-old Sachiko (although she's so small and cute you can't tell from looking.) Although there's nothing explicit shown, they do get playful with each other, and blushingly reference what's happening when the lights go out.
- While it's not mentioned whether Kaoru and Hajime sex before their wedding in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, they get it on with quite a few times afterwards, which results in Kaoru getting pregnant.
- Futari Ecchi features the Kubotas, a young couple recently moving in the building where Makoto and Yura are living. They're really insatiable, barely able to spend time away from each other, once starting to get it on right in the elevator — with their neighbor Makoto riding with them, to his acute embarrassment!
- Discussed and averted in a Ben Elton routine about wedding receptions. Elton's point is that the tradition no one can leave before the happy couple made sense in the days when this trope could be assumed to be in effect; of course they'd be the first ones to leave. Nowadays, receptions last forever, because the bride would much rather be at the center of a big party than on the honeymoon. "They probably stopped sleeping together months ago!"
- A storyline in the DC Star Trek comics starts with the wedding of two of the crew, who promptly head back to their cabin. Immediately afterward, a telepathic crewmember falls ill and fills the Enterprise with his hallucinations, subjecting everyone on board to a trip through Dante's Inferno...except for the newlyweds. They were too wrapped up in what they were doing to notice.
- Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Germany, Italy, and Japan actually didn't do it until they got married after months of dating. Let's just say the Bad Touch Trio announced the end of the waiting period while performing surveillance on the honeymoon ship.
"The Axis Virgin Trio is no more!"
- The "bonus feature" scenes for the Children of Time finale, the very much M-rated version of the Holmeses' honeymoon. There's a bit of desperation to it, though, as Beth has to return to her own time, they have only one weekend, and they can't know for sure that they'll ever see each other again.
- There's a couple in National Lampoon's European Vacation that keeps showing up. The two are newlyweds and are seen engaged in heavy petting during every appearance.
- In Dances with Wolves, the titular character is nicknamed "the busy bee" by members of the tribe after he marries his new wife.
- The newlywed couple in Rear Window doesn't leave their apartment for days.
- Guest House Paradiso features a couple of hotel guests who aren't seen for days after they check in. When they eventually come downstairs for a meal and the hotel manager works out who they are and asks them what they've been doing all this time, they just look at each other and smile sheepishly, "We're newlyweds".
- Employed in the film version of Barefoot in the Park with the couple not leaving the honeymoon suite for six days as the newspapers pile up around the door.
- "If they don't stop they're going to kill each other." Said in The Four Seasons where the antics of a man and his hot young wife are heard for hours through the thin walls of the sailboat he and his friends are staying on.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral: Bernard and Lydia can't get enough of one another from the moment they get romantically involved, and become particularly enthusiastic once they've exchanged vows. Bernard confesses that married life is leaving him "exhausted, actually".
- Played for tragedy in Munich when the Israeli hit team is sent to kill a target in a hotel; one of them inadvertently gets into a conversation with the mark who jokes about the insatiable newlyweds in the next room over who never go out because they're always having sex. The newlyweds are therefore nearby when the bomb goes off; due to an error the charge is too powerful and ends up killing the husband and blinding the wife.
- In one of the Carry On movies, a young married couple in a hotel insist on making out despite all the chaos that's constantly happening around them.
- Three couples (the first couple was retired, the second couple was middle-aged and the final couple was newlywed) went in to see the minister to see how to become members of his church. The minister said that they would have to go without sex for two weeks and then come back and tell him how it went. Two weeks went by, and the couples returned to the minister. The retired couple said it was no problem at all. The middle-aged couple said it was tough for the first week, but after that, it was no problem. The newlyweds said it was fine until she dropped the can of paint. "Can of PAINT?" exclaimed the minister. "Yeah," said the newlywed man. "She dropped the can and when she bent over to pick it up I had to have her right there and then. Lust took over." The minister just shook his head and said "Well I'm sorry, but after hearing that I'm afraid I can't allow you into the church." "That's okay," said the man. "We're not allowed back in Home Depot either."
- Comically deconstructed: A newlywed couple has sex all night. At dawn, the exhausted groom, finally catching her asleep, goes to the bathroom and doesn't come back for a long time. The bride finds him there, talking to his penis: "Oh come on, don't be afraid, show up already, she's sleeping."
- In A Brother's Price, this is justified, as sex before marriage is frowned upon. When Jerin's sisters get married, they tell their parents in law that their husband looks so well because he's getting so much "exercise", "riding" ... while one of the wives has her hands all over his body. He's a very happy young man, and presumably not only because he's fond of horses.
- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. Emmett and Rosalie mention that they "broke a few houses" and that it "took them a decade" to stop.
- In Things Fall Apart, when a guy's late for a morning activity somebody jokes that you can never trust timeliness from someone who recently took a new wife.
- Lanen and Varien start before they're married, but there was a long period of letting him adjust to being human before they started, and it's after their wedding that they hit their highest... rate.
- Justified in The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons because the protagonists are living in the 1940's Soviet Union — thanks to a permanent housing shortage and the lack of privacy in a police state, they've nowhere to resolve their Unresolved Sexual Tension until they get married (after finding a nicely isolated shack out in the woods). Also the husband has to go back to the front line after his leave is up, so Pre-Climax Climax is also involved.
- Masterharper of Pern: Robinton (then a newly-minted master harper) and his new bride, Kasia. When Robinton would seem to sleepwalk through his daily harper duties, his fellow harpers would simply let it go with a wink and a nod.
- In The Godfather novel, Michael and his wife Appollonia's lovemaking is so intense that not only do they have sex every night, it's often not until dawn the next morning that they finally stop from exhaustion.
- In We Can't Rewind, the experienced widower Don and the (formerly) single mother Denise get really, really busy with each other on their wedding night and during their honeymoon. Though they start slowing down later, they don't even let an awfully inconvenient (and irreversible) "Freaky Friday" Flip with their children get in their way for very long, as Denise demands "satisfaction" and Don ultimately decides to keep the peace by giving her what she wants.
- The pilot episode of The Love Boat had a pair of newlyweds of whom all you saw was an occasional arm to get the room service. They had 4 or 5 "Do Not Disturb" signs on their door. Their only reason for existence, plot-wise, was that someone's luggage had been placed in their room.
- Sex and the City:
- Subverted: Charlotte doesn't want to have sex with Trey before they're married so it will be more romantic, but she finds out that he can't get it up and they don't have sex once on their honeymoon.
- Played with in a later episode where Miranda has her honeymoon with Steve. Out in a remote cabin, the tightly wound Miranda isn't enjoying the fact that "Everything here is screaming 'You should be having sex right now!'". It's only when Steve announces that the honeymoon is over, Miranda finds the pressure lifted and wants to make love again.
- In the series Wings, Joe and Helen had been off-and-on for a while. After finally tying the knot they spend all waking moments of their Honeymoon in their hotel room. It was most obvious when Joe was flat out turned on at seeing Helen in scuba gear and they made out.
- The Fast Show included as characters a constantly nude and shagging newlywed couple, called The Newlyweds. To elaborate: in one sketch they are at it in bed while removals men are carrying the bed up the garden path to their new home. They barely pause to say 'Hi' to their new neighbour.
- Boy Meets World: In the episode where Shawn turns Feeny's house into a bed and breakfast, one of the guest couples is a pair of honeymooners. They spend all their time in the bedroom and are never seen until the stinger, when Feeny has to evict them himself. To his surprise, they're a very elderly couple, giving him hope that there may still be time for romance in his life after all.
- On That '70s Show, Kitty mentions that she and Red waited until after they were married to have sex. And she means right after they were married—they apparently did it in a broom closet between the ceremony and the reception.
- Inverted in Dad's Army when Mainwaring explains why he learned to play the bagpipes:
I spent my honeymoon in a remote village in Scotland called InverGeechie. It was a wild and lonely place. The nights were long... and there was nothing else to do.
- Game of Thrones has Margaery and Tommen. Margaery brags to her ladies-in-waiting that they went four times in one night and he outright says he wants to do nothing but have sex all day, every day.
- Say what people will about the Puritans in New England, they were no prudes: one of them even composed (and performed) a love song for his wedding day in which he sang oh-so-subtly about how desperately he wished the wedding were over already so he could "come in" to his bride.
- Nick and Ki from General Protection Fault. Nick thought they should wait for marriage because he's an old-fashioned romantic. Ki thought this was the sweetest thing ever, so went along. Once they got married, they made up for lost time.
- Tipper and Charles from Namir Deiter. They went from "Waiting until they're married because of (an implied) fear of physical intimacy" to "Sneaking off for a quickie at every opportunity" in the space of their wedding night.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal plays this for laughs in one strip: a man and woman are in bed, and the man comments that while this honeymoon has been great so far, tonight he'd like to try something different. She agrees, sounding a bit nervous—and he promptly goes to sleep.