The Coco Story

What is Coco Wedding Venues?

Coco Wedding Venues is a beautiful style focused wedding venue directory and it was founded in 2013 by me, Emma Hla.

I married my (rather gorgeous) husband Mark in August 2013 and whilst I loved every minute of the wedding planning journey I have a confession to make...

We fell at the first hurdle – the wedding venue search.

Our natural first step was to search the internet, but the wedding venue websites we came across didn’t excite and inspire us. I’m obsessed with style, stories and of course the pretty but nothing seemed to capture this for me.

The functionality of these search tools also frustrated me... This process should be fun and inspiring non?

Blogs on the other-hand are full of inspiration and there are plenty of beautiful wedding blogs out there! Oh ho yes. But, there wasn’t one that focused purely on that first step of the journey...

I wanted to merge the functionality of a venue search tool with the stylish wedding inspiration found on my beloved blogs.

So Coco Wedding Venues was founded...

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Before deciding to become a wedding entrepreneur I spent my days running around London as a Fashion Retail Area Manager looking after multi-million retail accounts. I have worked for brands such as Jack Wills, Links of London and Michael Kors. I have an eye for style and a head for business.

My husband Mark is the techie behind the website and has been developing software since 1995. In 2003 Mark co-founded his first start-up and entered the world of a start-up entrepreneur.

The coco mission

My personal mission is to provide you, the blushing bride-to-be and the groom of wedding cool, with a stylish directory of pretty and unique wedding venues...

You will be able to search for your wedding venue using eight simple style categories – Bohemian Beats, Rustic Romance, Modern Vintage, Classic Elegance, City Chic, Coastal Cool, Delicious Destination and The Luxe Edit.

Coco Venue Styles

Peruse these style categories to find inspiration, or simply use the region and venue type filters to get to the nitty gritty... Either way, you will find venues that will suit you, the stylish, discerning couple.

The Blog

Coco Wedding Venues is here to inspire you, the Bride & Groom, on your first steps...

We plan on inspiring not only through the venue search tool but also through the Coco Blog which will be used to talk about style inspiration, editorials, real weddings and of course our beautiful collection of venues.

We also want to be able to link you to the very best suppliers in the industry.

The style

When designing the initial idea behind Coco I wanted to think about who our ideal visitors would be... Current, design-inspired, creative, stylish, unique and cool – Yep I’m aiming for all of the above!

It is important to me that the look and feel of our venue search tool embodies these elements and feels different from the moment you land on the homepage.

Emma Hla

Meet Emma

Six things about me...

I live in Brighton. I have a pup called Gatsby. I love a perfect flat white around 11am. I’m addicted to Russell & Bromley shoes. I have an urge to wear a feather headdress most days. I’m married to the most delicious man.

If you have any questions for me or just fancy saying hello then drop me an email at

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