Bridesmaids are often chosen from the sisters of the bride and groom and close friends of the brides. Bridesmaids are frequently picked from amongst the young girls of the family, to make it a really memorable day for them. They are only expected to be at the wedding and walk down the aisle with the bride. The older bridesmaids are there to support the bride on the day of her wedding, to help her get ready in the morning and to travel to the church with her. Nowadays the duties of the bridesmaids often include arranging a hen party or bridal shower and assisting in the arrangement of the wedding and the reception as well as emotional support throughout.
Brides will often given tokens of their affection and gratitude to all of the bridesmaids. Jewellery has always been a popular choice for this gift as it is a lasting keepsake that will always be a special memento of the wedding day. Often brides choose to give their bridesmaids gift sets of jewellery, especially matching earrings and necklaces, that they can wear on the day of the wedding and keep afterwards.