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…

The B.LOVED Hive

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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We Are Two!

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Image by Photography by Bea, on location at Fetcham Park with Bubblegum Balloons.

Toddler noun: The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development.

Flip, where has this year gone…?

With Christmas just around the corner and the blur that’s been 2015 skipping off into the wintry sunset, it’s the time of year when I’m reminded of how this adventure began. Coco turned two on Saturday and as someone said to me the other day, we’re a fully fledged toddler!

Hitting our first birthday was a big business milestone, but it’s been the continued support and belief in what we’re doing that’s felt really special in year two. So yes, I feel like we’ve gone from taking our first tentative steps into full on toddling mode! 

We’re learning all of the time and our 2015 Survey has been a huge source of help and inspiration, so thank you to those who took part. I’m so excited about taking some time to reflect over Christmas and then putting into place all of your valuable feedback to make this little space the most inspiring wedding venue directory out there!

Just as I did for our first birthday, 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!

So before you dive in, I just want to say thank you to all of the people who support Coco Wedding Venues – the amazing suppliers we work with, our fabulous in-house experts, those ladies & gentleman that maybe aren’t ‘featured’ but are seriously important (I’m looking at you Tamryn, Victoria & my boy Mark), the awesome venues who get us, love us and want to be a part of our growing brand and of course… To the couples who use our directory, email me for help and share their love stories with me.

So here’s to stepping into year three… I’m totally ready for you!

# 1 The Wedding Venue Budget

One of the requests from our couples that came through on our recent survey, was the ability to see the prices for the venues we list. Whilst we can completely understand this need for immediate visibility, it’s actually a little tricky for us to do this and I thought I’d explain why… Read More.

# 2 10 Things to do on your Wedding Day

Whether it’s spotting couples being showered in confetti outside my local town hall, seeing my facebook feed filled with congratulations for friends getting married or indeed witnessing our wonderful venues and suppliers creating gorgeous events for excited Brides & Grooms, wedding season has well and truly kicked off! These are the halcyon days of saying ‘I do’.… Read More.

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Win £150 to Spend at Liberty in Love

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Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.

WOW.

That’s one word to describe the responses we’ve had to The Survey 2015!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has participated so far, you have all been amazingly helpful and it really does overwhelm me how engaged people are with our small corner of the wedding world.

If you’ve (somehow) managed to miss our not-so-subtle survey then please do take a look! Not only will you be assisting us on our mission to make the wedding venue search easier, sexier and a whole lot more inspiring for Brides & Grooms, BUT you’ll also be in with the chance of winning a rather lovely prize for your participation!

We’ve teamed up with Coco faves Liberty in Love to offer £150 to spend on their beautiful bridal accessories. Nice right…?

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