Written by Katie Byrne, published 16th march
(Plus, how much they could earn!)
Being a bridesmaid is one of the greatest honours a woman can ever have - and one of the most time-consuming, too, according to new research.
A study has found a typical bridesmaid will spend 43 hours - longer than the average full-time working week - on helping her friend get married.
That's a long old time, no?
A poll conducted by fashion site Simply Be - which quizzed 1,000 women across the UK - found that the average bridesmaid spends 43 hours tackling wedmin-related duties.
Based on the average earnings of a typical wedding planner, this would mean a bridesmaid could, in theory, earn up to £326.90 per week.
Bet you didn't factor that into your budget now, did you?
Attending wedding fairs was found to be the most time-consuming of 'maid duties, clocking in an impressive 13 hours (including travel), whilst organising the hen party followed closely behind at 11 hours.
In next place is helping the bride search for her wedding gown (8 hours on average), whilst dress fittings took six hours and hair and make-up trials took five.
However, it doesn't end there: on the wedding day itself, bridesmaids 'work' endlessly, with responsibilities including organising people for the photographs, decorating the venue, showing guests to their seats and prepping the honeymoon suite.
Joey Hughes, E-commerce Manager at Simply Be commented on the survey's findings: "Evidently, being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility and requires a lot more time and effort than many probably anticipate. However, these duties are all part of the honour and fun of being a bridesmaid and most revel in the responsibility. Whilst some of the tasks like organising the hen party can be stressful, this tradition is here to stay and will no doubt become even more demanding as many brides now opt for hen parties abroad, multiple dresses and outfit changes and additional engagement parties. Thankfully, most of us are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our friends and loved ones have the perfect wedding day".