Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Have you chosen your bridesmaids yet, and if so, how many? What was their reaction when
you asked them to play such a vital part in your special day? After all, they have to make sure your hair and makeup are perfect before you show yourself to your adoring crowd, and make sure your train falls just so. And of course, before all that, there's a hen-do to arrange. Important tasks.
But would they lay their lives down for you? Protect you from evil spirits (not the ones that come from a bottle and give you a banging head) and crazy ex-boyfriends who decide on your wedding day that they can't, after all, live without you? Because back in the day, that's what bridesmaids were for - and the richer your family was, the more you had, just to show off a bit.
Nowadays, bridesmaids wear outfits (doesn't even have to be a posh frock) that complement the bride, and it's not uncommon to see them in different things to each other. But way back when, bridesmaids wore dresses that were as close to the bride's in colour and style as possible so those evil spirits and over-the-top paramours didn't know who was actually getting married, and would be thwarted in their dastardly plans. But if they decided to have a go anyway, then it was up to those valiant gals to do more than bash them about the head with a bunch of wilting freesias; they had to actually fight for their bride.
And you thought their most important job is to make sure you don't have lipstick on your teeth.