You’re Engaged! Welcome to Coco Wedding Venues…

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Happy New Year folks!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulously festive few days…?

We’re taking an extended break over the Christmas holidays and whilst we have just a few days left of finishing off the never-ending supply of chocolates, long walks with our pup and catching up with Harry Potter we thought we’d swing by for the first post of 2017.

January blues are well and truly banished on these pages because it’s our favourite time of year! We know a whole bunch of loved up guys and gals got engaged over the holiday and we can’t WAIT to help you start the planning…

Firstly, huge congrats on your lovely news and welcome to Coco Wedding Venues. We’re absolutely the right place to start your adventure, so give yourselves a pat on the back – You’ve already nailed step # 1.

There’s a lot to consider when you first get engaged and there may also be a few opinions thrown into the mix, plus everyone’s first question will be “when’s the big day…?” but take a deep breath and remain in that gorgeous little just-engaged bubble for as long as you want.

You’ll no doubt be feeling a mixture of emotions – if you’re a bit giddy and a whole lot of daunted then that’s perfectly normal! But, when you feel ready to pick up that first bridal magazine or sit down in front of the laptop to start your research, the first point on that to-do-list is without doubt the Wedding Venue. Your venue choice and style of wedding will influence your whole day – from the fashion, to the food, right through to the entertainment.

It’s at this very first step that I want to help!

So, let me show you around Coco Wedding Venues and spark some inspiration, but first you may want to pin this little reminder and bookmark the epicness that can unfold on this website…

Pin It!

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About coco

Coco Wedding Venues is the UK’s only style focused wedding venue directory and it was founded in 2013 by me, Emma Hla. I married my (rather gorgeous) husband Mark that Summer and you can read more about our story here and a little about me in our fancy Official Bio.

But, to cut a long story short, when I was a Bride-to-be taking those first tentative steps into finding a wedding venue it was all horribly underwhelming and a tad disappointing. The reality of creating your dream day is somewhat different to the beautiful, aspirational images you may have already discovered on Pinterest.

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We Are Three!

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Image by Hannah Duffy Photography.

Today we turn three.

Three years since I pressed the button that put these pages live. I hoped that a few people might find us, like us and use us to discover their wedding venues. I couldn’t possibly have imagined I’d be in the position I am right now just three years later.

We’re winding down the year now that December has hit and we’ll be taking a blogging break over the festivities. As always, it’s a wonderful time of year to reflect and make new goals.

I think when you have your own business, it’s difficult to build things slowly. Difficult because there’s so much noise surrounding us and if we tune in too much we can get distracted by others launching their new products, sneak-peeking their re-brands and generally just doing things bigger. My goals for this year were simple – to grow. I wanted to reach more brides, to showcase more beautiful venues and to just be consistently good at what we do. I think we’ve achieved this.

When the New Year hits we’ll be launching something pretty big for our venues behind-the-scenes, we’ll be revisiting our wonderful Survey to keep up to date with the couples and their venue search needs, I’d love a fresh lick of paint for the website & brand at some point and I’ve also got my eye on the next natural step to Coco Wedding Venues so watch this space… I’m also really excited to build on Coco & Kat – my wedding venue consultancy in partnership with Katrina Otter Weddings.

But, we’ll never be distracted. This little space will continue to be the most inspiring wedding venue directory out there!

As it’s our birthday post, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourite blog posts that reflect what our website is all about. We have advice pieces from our lovely experts, real love stories, wedding inspiration, supplier love and beautiful venues, obvs!

Before I go, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of our story this year. But mostly, I want to send a big virtual hug to our couples, I’ve shed many a happy tear this year seeing your wedding photos. Just being a small part of your big day love story is pretty darn cool.

# 1

The A – Z of Wedding Venues (Part I)

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the wedding venue… Right…?

Well, to break down this somewhat daunting process I’ve come up with an A – Z of Wedding Venues; hopefully this will bust some myths, make you feel well-prepped for venue visits and of course settle those planning nerves.

This feature is broken into two digestible parts so swing back Wednesday for the next instalment and make sure you pin the bookmark image at the end for easy reference!

Let’s get started… Read More.

# 2

Garthmy Hall Home Tour

Garthmyl Hall is unique, relaxing, flexible, friendly, accommodating and beautiful wedding venue in Powys Wales. We adore the eclectic charm of this country house and we sent one of our fave photographers, Jade Osborne Photography, to meet the owner Julia and to experience a sleepover at the Hall.

We asked Jade for a few words about her stay and if this leaves you wanting to know more about this unique wedding venue then read on because we have a beautifully honest interview with Julia including their ethos, prices and plans for 2017Read More.

# 3

The 2017 Wedding Trend Report

The style of your wedding is completely up to you – it’s personal and should reflect the two of you, together. This is the whole basis for our wedding venue directory – individual style. But for this reason, the word ‘trend’ has become a bit of a controversial word to use in the wedding industry for fear it will promote a wedding that’s not honest to your style or your loves.

Whilst I completely understand this and don’t promote the cookie-cutter big day, if like me, you love to gaze at the new emerging interior trends, the latest colours and shapes hitting the high-street and have a wish list of current coveted pieces as long as your arm, then a trends feature is most probably for you.

So…. It’s back. Our BIG annual Wedding Trend Report in collaboration with our resident Wedding Planner Katrina Otter Weddings. In 2016 we coveted everything from the still bang-on-trend spring greens, oversized blooms and marble to bolder patterns, prints, palms and how can we forget… parrots! Read More.

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Introducing the B.LOVED Hive Wedding Community

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Images by Anneli Marinovich Photography | Film by Story Of Your Day.

Fellow #girlboss Louise, founder of the B.LOVED blog, has been a big supporter of Coco Wedding Venues since our very early days. When we were just finding our feet in this crazy wedding industry world, her collaborative approach was truly welcomed and we’ve loved working with Louise and her curated network of incredible suppliers.

Back in 2014, B.LOVED had a little facelift and since the relaunch I’ve been part of the Lifestyle team of writers (you can read my offerings on travel, fashion and interiors here) and it’s been a great experience belonging to this diverse blogging brand.

Louise is an entrepreneur through and through and I’m pretty proud to be supporting her next adventure, so excuse me brides-to-be whilst I take over this blog space to shout about a really exciting opportunity for the wedding industry!

Who knows, planning your own wedding may just lead you to become a part of the B.LOVED Hive one day too…

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The Hive:

Bridal & Lifestyle Blog B.LOVED set to launch Wedding Community – The B.LOVED Hive!

Louise Beukes, founder of award-winning UK bridal and lifestyle blog B.LOVED is delighted to announce the start of a Kickstarter campaign which is set to launch London’s first dedicated co-working space and community for the wedding industry.

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Creative Direction for Wedding Venues & Beyond

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Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography.

So today I’m hijacking this space to talk directly to our wedding venues & industry colleagues as we’ve launched a brand new adventure that’s a ripple of Coco Wedding Venues. I can’t tell you how lovely it feels to be saying welcome to Coco & Kat – Creative Direction for Wedding Venues & Beyond.

If you’ve been following the antics of either Katrina or myself over on our own social media then you may well have spotted the hashtag #cocoandkat; Used to highlight our collaborations and joint projects, it caught on quickly and we even found one of our favourite wedding blogs using it too! So after lots of discussion we finally sat down to pinpoint what ‘Coco & Kat’ could and should be.

Well, it turns out it’s this… A place where we hope to assist Wedding Venues and our industry friends on their own creative journey.

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You’re Engaged! Welcome to Coco Wedding Venues…

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Feature Image by WOOKIE Photography.

Happy New Year you gorgeous lot you!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulously festive few days…? We took a wonderful break to host our very first Christmas and it was such a pleasure to be with family in our own home this year. Now that it’s all over for another 11 months, any hints of January blues are well and truly banished in Coco HQ because it’s our favourite time of year! We know a whole bunch of loved up guys and gals got engaged over the holiday and we can’t WAIT to help you start the planning…

Firstly, huge congrats on your lovely news and welcome to Coco Wedding Venues. We’re absolutely the right place to start your adventure, so give yourselves a pat on the back – You’ve already nailed step # 1.

There’s a lot to consider when you first get engaged and there may also be a few opinions thrown into the mix, plus everyone’s first question will be “when’s the big day…?” but take a deep breath and remain in that gorgeous little just engaged bubble for as long as you want.

You’ll no doubt be feeling a mixture of emotions – if you’re a bit giddy and a whole lot of daunted then that’s perfectly normal! But, when you feel ready to pick up that first bridal magazine or sit down in front of the laptop to start your research, the first point on that to-do-list is without doubt the Wedding Venue. Your venue choice and style of wedding will influence your whole day – from the fashion, to the food, right through to the entertainment.

It’s at this very first step that I want to help!

So, let me show you around Coco Wedding Venues and spark some inspiration, but first you may want to pin this little reminder and bookmark the epicness that can unfold on this website…

Pin It!

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