Chess piece place card holderWhether the bride and groom are chess lovers, or you just want a unique spin on the classic black and white wedding, a chess theme creates a totally stylish and classy look. Black and white lend themselves to any striking accent colour – crimson red, turquoise or emerald green to name but a few – and this colour can provide bright and cheerful highlights throughout the wedding day. The chequered black and white chess board provides the perfect base for the design of your wedding table plan, with the table layout highlighted in your accent colour.

Table plans and escort cards

  • Chess pieces can make great escort or place card holders – arrange your cards on a chess board for the perfect chess themed display.
  • Don’t feel you have to stick to the black and white colour scheme – here is an example of chess piece escort card holders in light pink and blue.
  • Use chess prints on escort cards to make simple but stylish escort cards.
  • If you have a simple black and white design for your seating plan, then mount each table’s guest list onto a large chess board on an easel.

Table names and numbers

Bride playing large chess game

  • The striking black and white colour theme lends itself perfectly to simple contrasting papercut chess table numbers.
  • Name tables after chess pieces – with the King and Queen at the head table.
  • Alternatively, name tables after famous chess moves or gambits.
  • If you love everything quirky, use the chess theme from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the looking Glass’ – the sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – where Alice finds herself in a weird and wonderful white and red chess themed land. Main characters are chess pieces (Alice is a pawn) and the whole world is a chessboard made of fields. Table names could include ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’, ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ and ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’.

Table décor and favours

Other ideas

This theme would complement many other themes, particularly a Victorian steampunk wedding, shabby chic or garden weddings.

If you fancy having a go at making your own chessboard table decorations, this video shows (what appears, to an amateur!) to be a remarkably simple method.

Remember to visit our Pinterest board for lots of other chess-inspired wedding seating plan ideas!

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A little bit about Adam, founder of TopTablePlanner...

Adam has been working in the wedding industry since 2006. After discovering that arranging the seating is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, he launched TopTablePlanner in 2007. See his Google+ profile.