Whilst the bride and groom are the centrepieces of every wedding, there are many more people whose jobs it is to ensure the ceremony goes to plan and is memorable for the couple. From flower girls to groomsmen, the who’s who on wedding days really can stretch down the aisle on the big day.

If you delve deeper into the etymology of wedding roles, you’ll uncover a hidden trove of detail that’s full of history. Many traditions of the early medieval period and before have travelled through the centuries to become what they are today. Legend has it that groomsmen and the best man were those entrusted by the groom to ensure the safe arrival of the bride to the ceremony.

Want to know more? We’ve fetched this infographic by Simply Bridal to help get you in the know.