Poring over flower arrangements, bridesmaids dresses and accessories, cake designs, hair styles, the works. I absolutely adored organising my wedding five/six years ago, so getting involved in someone else's is great fun. The only fly in the current ointment is that one of her chosen bridesmaids has already done the job twice and is um-ing and ah-ing about whether she can risk doing the job for the third time!
I wonder where the old adage "three times a bridesmaid, never a bride" came from. Some theories attest to the old purpose of bridesmaids being to attract malevolent spirits, or even the evil eye, away from the bride herself. Presumably if a girl had done this three times, she would then be so plagued by bad luck that she would never marry. The other more pragmatic explanation I have heard is that, having displayed herself in her best dress and finery twice already, if no suitor had yet declared himself, then she wasn't likely to get one. Nice!
Of course, with our modern terms of flower girl, maid of honour etc, maybe the three times a bridesmaid curse can be broken. Luckily for children being asked to bridesmaid, the curse of 'three times' can be broken if 7 bridesmaiding duties are performed, so time is on their side! Let's just hope they don't end up wearing any of the monstrosities foisted on Katherine Heigl's character in the film 27 Dresses (above)!
Luckily there are some gorgeous dresses around for adult bridesmaids, a far better selection than we were faced with a few years ago, I must say. Such stunning garments that both look gorgeous and can earn their space in the wardrobe to be re-worn again and again. I particularly love these two from BHS:
As for my adult bridesmaids, well they ended up in these Deco-inspired numbers, what do you think?