Bridesmaid? Brace yourself for these last-minute wedding day tasks
1. Breakfast buddies
In the morning before the celebration begins, it's your job to make sure the bride eats. A combination of nerves and excitement will most likely have drastically reduced her appetite, meaning she might not want to eat. This is where you come in: stock up on a few of her favourite snacks to tempt her tastebuds.
Make sure she's hydrated too - if she doesn't drink enough water, she might become dehydrated. This goes one of two ways: she might end up with a dehydration headache or alternatively, she might suddenly feel thirsty and over-compensate with the champagne.
2. Flower power
Keep an eye on the flowers. Does the bouquet look like it's beginning to wilt? What's that abandoned buttonhole doing on the floor? Does the flower crown need a spritz of water?
No, you're not a florist - but it doesn't hurt to keep half an eye on the blooms throughout the day.
3. Emergency services
Laddered tights, spilt coffee on the dress, a no-show supplier... Whatever the 'argh!' moment, be ready to help.
Don't spend too much time worrying about it unnecessarily in advance but perhaps work with the bride to create Plan B's for a few worst-case scenarios, to reassure you both.
4. Be vigilant of certain guests
For example: the bride might ask you to make sure her grandmother is comfortable throughout the day, or the groom might ask you to keep half-an-eye on his freshly-divorced best friend.
5. Time for a touch-up
Keep a few make-up essentials - lipstick, an eyeliner, blotting paper, a bottle of perfume - in your clutch bag so the bride can top-up her beauty look ahead of the photos.
6. Bathroom duty
If she's wearing a big, pouffy wedding dress, chances are she might need a little help when it comes to using the bathroom.
7. Prepare a post-wedding surprise
Strictly optional, obviously, but it's a sweet touch. We're not talking anything huge: perhaps a dinner with all the bridesmaids, or a framed photo from the wedding day.
Something sweet and sentimental that she can look back on and adore.