board game wedding: chutes and ladders

The board game wedding series continues today with a one inspired by Chutes and Ladders. For this wedding inspiration board I went quite literal with the game’s title and focused on ways to use ladders in your wedding!

ideas for using ladders in your wedding

Chutes and Ladders has its roots in ancient India where it was called Snakes and Ladders and taught players gentle lessons in morality. As you moved up the board you were either helped by ladders (good deeds) or hindered by snakes (vices). The Western version is pretty much the same, except the snakes have been replaced by slides, or ‘chutes.’

For this board game wedding I wanted to capture the whole morality lesson behind it – aka: trying to get to the top, or ‘to the heavens’, so I wanted the entire board to have a sort of angelic and ethereal feeling to it and a more subdued color palette. Wispy tulle and a gentle blush, ivory, and nude color palette do the trick.

Ladders are incorporated throughout this inspiration board and I ran with a pretty broad definition of the word ladder. Anything used to elevate can be a type of ladder so the stool and the chair & table are also references to that as well as the antler holding up the diamond bracelet!

Details to adore: 

nude bridal shoes
gorgeous wedding dress

See more board game inspired weddings in this series here.


photo credits: bread via Wedding Chicks, photographed by Elizabeth Messina // bride on ladder from Ruffled, photographed by Alea Lovely // antlers from Burnett’s Boards, photographed by Michelle Gardella // blush and neutral tassels from Your Cloud Parade // shoes via Once Wed, photographed by Landon Jacob // table from Le Magnifique, photographed by Jose Villa // rings via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Simply Rosie.

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. I’m obsessed with this new series. Best. Idea. Ever. I’m loving the whisper-y blush and beige colors in this one. 🙂

  2. So clever–and simply gorgeous!

  3. Wow, I love the interpretation of climbing the ladders as reaching towards the heavens! What an incredible inspiration from something that seems as commonplace as a board game!

  4. So lovely! I’ve always liked the idea of ladders being repurposed in a wedding!

  5. Such a beautiful soft palette x

  6. Love the contrasting textures of wood/antlers and soft tulle and tassels.

  7. Oh I love it!!!

  8. So much fun. And I absolutely love the muted tone here. So pretty!

  9. If anyone can make snakes and ladders look beautiful, it’s you! Love.

  10. Beautiful bridal portraits! Lovely colors! I am in love with this…