Homemade Bride – Dressed to Impress – Head to Toe!

By: Jamie Schafer

Hello lovely Homemade Brides! Today I’m here to give you some inspiration on an idea I often consider an after-thought, shoes! When there is so much to plan and think about, your bridesmaids shoes are not always on the top of the list. However, we’re here to help make this a fun topic so here are some options that I have worn, or seen in weddings that I just love!



I have my sister Briana to thank for these beauties. Not only do I wear these shoes still today, but I always remember her wedding when I put them on! All of her bridesmaids wore white low-cut converses to match her dress and she wore pink to match ours! Our dresses were long enough that you couldn’t see them until we pulled up our dresses but man did it make for great pictures and a comfortable day!

 Cowboy Boots:

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Another sorority sister of mine was recently in a wedding where the maids all wore cowboy boots. I cannot get enough of this! If you are looking for a down-home country feel, these boots are the perfect way to add instant country-chic!

 Jack Rogers:

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I absolutely love this idea for the perfect preppy or beachy wedding. Jack Rogers sandals are simple and clean! They come in so many different color combinations that finding the perfect shoe for your theme is as simple as can be. You can also have them monogrammed as a gift for your maids!



My mini tip to leave you with is  to invest in heel stoppers if you choose to have heels and will be outdoors! These things pop right onto the bottom of most standard heels and stop the maid who is wearing them from “sinking” right into the ground! You can find these at most shoe and drug stores and well as online.

I hope this post jogs, pun intended, your imagination for more creative options for footwear on your big day. Have fun with it!

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Homemade Bride – Lady Traveler Suitcase – Raleigh Decor Rentals



Rental Spotlight

We love our suitcase rentals and adore the many different things that brides are doing with them these days! If you’re looking for the perfect suitcase prop for your decor, continue reading to see just what designs you can create and learn more about the story behind some of the designs!


In the 20’s and 30’s, luggage was not a common necessity everyone had in the bedroom closet. Instead, it was a luxury that was only afforded by the rich who would have the opportunity to travel.

Back then, luggage was made from wooden boxes and covered with fine leather cowhides and then lined with hand stitched silks and canvas. Such sets were not sold with individual pieces but rather in sets that included separate pieces for larger items, clothes, shoes, makeup, and toilettes. They were stored in what most called the “box room” which the “women” of the house was responsible for taking care of. She made sure all luggage stayed in the best of conditions, as luggage in those days were made to last a lifetime.

What Story Does This Suitcase Hold? 

Well.. to be honest, I’m not sure. It was purchased at an antique shop in Shrewsbury, PA this past weekend but even though I don’t know the exact history – Does not mean it doesn’t have a story! The beauty sometimes in not knowing, is that you can now make up your own and continue it’s legacy!


This gorgeous suitcase is covered with thick white canvas and burnt orange accents and then lined with a blush pink silk that still looks pristine! Under the shade, seen in the top of the lid, is a hidden rack for hanging clothes with the most adorable hangers!


Like what you see?

Head on over to our rental site to read more about how to request a date and also see rental pricing! Prices for rentals do include three days which allows for the perfect amount of time to pick up and drop off after your wedding!

How to Display It?


1. The most common use for suitcases at a wedding would be for the card box. Many brides will make or purchase a “card” banner to tie around the top of the lid so their guests know just what to do! (which can be rented separately and customized to match through HMB!)


2. Place Cards – This is a great idea if you rent a few different size and color suitcases for a bigger table display. Plus, once all place cards are taken, have your planner use the same display for your favors!


3. Cake Table – Get creative when it comes to the base of your cake or dessert bar and give some height to the table by using a suitcase wrapped with lace! The end result is gorgeous and with so many options on the HMB rental site, you can match the suitcase to the accent colors in your cake.


4. Photo Props – If your having a vintage or travel wedding (or any theme for that matter) you want to include some key props in order for your guests to understand and get the same feeling. To do that, place various suitcases stacked up at the end of your ceremony aisle to create an entrance or use them in your engagement photos or bridal portraits so you can give your guests a sneak peek on the Save the Date!

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5. Take your ceremony decor to the next level with a suitcase backdrop! On this one we are a bit speechless (in a good way!)



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