board game wedding: chess

I’ve got another installment of the board game wedding series for you today and this time the inspiration is chess! It’s a game that I have absolutely no idea how to play, but I do know that it has a rich history and that’s the catalyst for this wedding inspiration board.

Sparkling brown and white wedding inspiration board

Chess originated in India sometime during the 6th century, but it was in southern Europe during the Renaissance that chess morphed into the game that we know today. The original chess didn’t have a queen, but the Europeans changed that (along with some of the rules) and now the queen is considered the most powerful piece.

Instead of going with a black and white themed wedding for this inspiration board I wanted to bring in the classy, glossy browns that handcrafted wooden chess sets have and give the whole thing a Renaissance feeling. During the Renaissance it was fashionable for women to wear off the shoulder gowns with low necklines so the picture of the bride in this inspiration board couldn’t be more perfect!

The crown cake topper pays homage to the queen piece (and the bishop because of the cross) and the placement of the rose stems is reminiscent of the squares on a chess board. The opulent rings, calligraphy, and stone pedestal add some extra old world Renaissance vibes.

Details to adore: 

crown cake topper
off the shoulder gown and sequins in her hair

See more board game inspired weddings here!


photo credits: bride shot by Jose Villa for Once Wed Magazine // calligraphy by Neither Snow via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Rylee Hitchner // rings via Ruffled, photographed by Teneil Kable // roses via Moco Loco // Valentino pumps from 100 Layer Cake, photographed by KT Merry // crown cake topper from Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Can’t play chess at all… unless making up your own rules and cheating counts! But this is absolutely stunning Sara, beyond lovely!

  2. Used to play chess a little when I was younger and never did quite get the game to beat my opponents haha but it is a fun challenge to do so. Really cute inspiration boad

  3. That cake topper is perfect for this board! Such a pretty inspiration board.

  4. I love how you keep changing up the game themes with the unexpected twists! The crown is fantastic!

  5. This board is simply enchanting! I love that you went with glossy brown instead of black!

  6. I agree with B.B. This reminds me of those fancy marble chess boards with swirled brown and white marble pieces. It’s such a lovely color combo. And you couldn’t have picked a more perfect cake.

  7. Never would have thought a chess inspired board could be so soft and pretty! Loveliness.

  8. Stunning! The colors are so soft and romantic!

  9. This is so gorgeous! Love the bride shot…that dress is fantastic!

  10. Very creative. That dress is so swoon worthy!

  11. I love her hair! Is it an updo or is it short?