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by Emma Hla

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“Coco Wedding Venues has captured the imagination of Brides and wedding industry professionals alike. This beautiful, style-focused wedding venue directory and blog has carved a special niche in a crowded marketplace and won numerous fans along the way…”

Yep, that’s us, according to our fancy Official Bio page! *ahem*

But Coco is also much more… To me anyway. This website makes me very happy, it’s allowed me the chance to explore my creative side, it’s given me the opportunity to meet some pretty awesome people and it has enabled me to reach a lifestyle balance that once seemed like a dream. So, as well as the official blurbage, Coco is also a thirty-something year old girl who quit her job in the city to chase a lightbulb moment and a dream of helping fellow Brides-to-be.

So with this in mind, today’s post is for those of you in the wedding industry, or indeed for those of you who have loved planning your wedding so much so, that you too have experienced a lightbulb moment of your own! If you fall into one of these two categories then you’ll absolutely want to know all about The Hub, created by Chosen Wedding Collective founder Kiki-Sunshine Boonwaat.

The Hub is a place to come to share ideas in an inviting, supportive, comforting and encouraging environment. A place where we can meet as a community of like minded creatives, gain insights from wedding industry professionals, make friends, have a jolly good time and most of all… Be inspired!

The Hub is happening on 5th June and Kiki is here to explain it all in a little more detail… Oh and yes, you might spot my mush below! I’m one of the guest speakers!

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Kiki: If you don’t know me through Chosen Wedding then let me tell you a few things about myself.

Firstly, I really, really love my dog. I also love working from home, I love being my own boss and able to have time to do things my own way and on my own terms. I love the quality of life that it gives me and the time it allows me to spend with my dog or peacefully able to think about things that interest and inspire me without squeezing that into a busy commute and bumping into armpits.

I love being creative. And when I say creative I mean creative to the point where something has been made – whether its dinner, through baking, creating a photograph or a sketch or an Instagram photograph. If I’m not actively creative I often get to the point where I feel frustrated for days and can’t quite figure out why until it hits me. Its a need, a must and a food for my soul.

I guess its that urge to create that led me into doing what I do today. I started fresh out of studying a degree in Fine Art Photography to trying to sell my own products in markets around London. Progressed to organising my own designer maker markets and then on to organising Chosen Wedding Fairs.

Over the past 6 years of doing so I’ve worked with around 3,000 other creatives too. And somehow I managed to bag a whopping 7 years corporate sales and relationship development under my belt. I guess I’ve learnt a little bit about being creative, about being frustrated (the corporate environment helped with that!) and about moving your business forward.

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I also get a real buzz from Chosen Wedding events and the most wonderful thing about organising these and the shoots that we work on, are the people that we meet and the Chosen family that has formed and is steadily growing. When so many independent creatives work from home its easy to get lost or lonely or wonder who to ask questions to, so I hope that you can come to trust Chosen Wedding Collective as a homely place where you can find help and support. We will shortly be launching a forum to help with that also.

Through forming the Chosen Wedding Collective what I’m really aiming to do is share with you what I’ve gone the long way around learning myself. And I hope to help you with your creative business. Over the past years I have been able to identify a clear path forward, step-by-step plans into creating and building a creative idea into a business and make the most of todays new ways of marketing it.

You see, I’ve had five creative businesses, I’ve spent a lot of money, wasted a lot of time and had businesses that have failed. I gave up a very highly paid corporate job to follow my creative urges and follow my dream knowing that I had no choice but to make it work. I’ve also had successes and its taken a long time for me to say it but I’m proud of what I’ve learnt over that time and how far my business has come.

I know personally just how hard it can be, how hair pulling and tear jerkingly hard it can be, and I want to help you make your business work for you because it absolutely can. There is no better time than today to help boost your creative business either in the financial climate or personally for yourself and I fully believe that each and every one of us has the power to create the life we dream of through the work that we enjoy.

What is The Chosen Wedding Collective…?

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The Chosen Wedding Collective is an online resource designed to help assist both established and newly emerging professionals in growing their creative business.

We offer unique, fresh and easy to follow advice in the form of blog posts, downloads and workshops as well as one on one consultancy and business mentoring.

If you’re looking for a little clarity on how to move forward, tips and tricks from industry professionals, encouragement, lightbulb moments or want to join an inclusive community of like minded creative thinkers you’ve come to the right place.

Our goal is to provide you with inspiration and motivation in abundance, helping you get on the right path to making your creative business work for you.

The Hub Guest Speakers

We couldn’t be happier to introduce you to some of the speakers for our first Hub event this coming June. In total we have 8 speakers joining us for the day so keep checking back – there are more to come! Click on our speakers profiles to find out a little more about each one…

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Top Row (Left to Right): Emily Pettiford & Jessica TurleyBespoke Bride. Victoria StantonFetcham Park. Sundari KumarThe W Stylist. Bottom Row (Left to Right): Emma HlaCoco Wedding VenuesKirsten ButlerThe Little Wedding Helper.
More coming soon!

The programme being addressed on the day covers all aspects of not only starting but maintaining a successful creative business, from branding to marketing, from idea to fruition, from styling to promotion, from pricing to personal value, from time management to social media, from networking to making your dream work for you (and not the other way around!). Its not just about business but about YOU and your abilities to push your business forward. 

Get Your Tix!

  • Tickets for The Hub are priced at £165 and are on sale until May 23rd.
  • There are a small number of early bird tickets priced at £145 available NOW until April 25th.
  • Instalment options for payment are available.
  • Places are limited!

Your ticket includes access to all of our guiding star speakers, welcome breakfast refreshments, lunch and after party drinks. You will also be presented with a fab goodie bag with exclusive business planning playsheets (because work is boring and in a creative business we must remember to play!) and access to our members forum to share, discuss, learn and keep in touch!

For full information head over to Coco’s Event Diary where you’ll find The Hub

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So folks, will I be seeing you there…?

Lots of love…

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