Newly Engaged…? Say Hello to Coco!

Written by Emma Hla

Happy New Year and welcome to the Coco Blog! *waves*


Congrats gorgeous people… You are ENGAGED!

You, yes you, are about to embark on the most incredible journey of your life…

That thing you’re feeling right now, a mixture of being a little bit giddy and a whole lot of daunted… Yep that, well it’s totally normal…

Trust me!

I was standing in your newly-engaged shoes this time last year and, just 8 months later, I married my handsome beau on a hot summers day… I still can’t quite believe I’m his wife and each time I catch a glimpse of my husband’s wedding ring I get butterflies.

So folks… What’s first on your wedding-planning agenda…?

The dress…? The guest-list…? The date…?

Well if you’re thinking about any of the above then my advice would be to hold that thought, because your first mission is without a 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, Emma at Coco, want to help!

So, let me show you around Coco Wedding Venues lovelies…

About coco

Coco Wedding Venues - Mark and Emma Hla - Image by Horseshoe Photography.

Image by Horseshoe Photography.

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 last August – you can read more about us in The Coco Story if you so fancy, including our engagement story featured on Rock My Wedding!

Now, 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.

So I took it upon myself to create a Wedding Venue Directory for the couples wanting something a little bit different – something bespoke, cool and luxe. I wanted to merge the functionality of a venue search tool with the stylish wedding inspiration found on my beloved wedding blogs.

So Coco Wedding Venues was founded…

Coco Wedding Venues - Brand Image.

The Coco Mission

My personal mission is to provide you with a stylish directory of pretty and unique wedding venues…

You can search for your wedding venue using six simple style categories – Bohemian Beats, Rustic Romance, Modern Vintage, Classic Elegance, City Chic and Coastal Cool.

Coco Wedding Venues - Style Icons.

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.

Plus Coco is a little bit sexy… Take a guided tour of the website here!

the coco collection

Our wedding venues are all handpicked so we know we are recommending only the best… Below are a few gorgeous specimens from our beautiful Coco Collection… From cool city spaces through to remote and romantic hidden gems.

Coco Wedding Venues - Coco Collection ft. Almonry Barn, Dewsall Court, Iscoyd Park, Lusty Glaze, Stowe House and West Reservoir Centre.

Almonry Barn – Image by Kerry Bartlett. Dewsall Court – Image courtesy of the venue. Iscoyd Park – Image courtesy of the venue. Lusty Glaze – Image by Keith Riley. Stowe House – Image courtesy of the venue. West Reservoir Centre – Image courtesy of the venue.

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.

In 2014 it’s our plan to build on the Coco brand and blog to link you to the very best suppliers in the industry.

Also… to keep things personal I’ll be posting my own ramblings, finds, home decor and travels in Emma at Coco.

Coco Wedding Venues - The Blog.

real weddings

This year we will be featuring beautiful real weddings held at the venues in the Coco Collection… If you are getting married at a venue featured on Coco Wedding Venues or indeed have found your perfect wedding venue on these pretty pages then we want to know!

We would love to feature your wedding on the Coco Blog – I remember being very excited when I came across my own venue featured on a wedding blog and it helped to shape my own day. So what better way to help Brides and Grooms by sharing gorgeous real-life inspiration!

Take a little look at the Coco Needs You post if you fancy appearing right here!

Coco Wedding Venues - Crear on Love My Dress - Lindsay and Scott.

Wedding at Crear, Argyll – Image by Kitchener Photography.

articles to read on coco

The Coco Story | In the beginning

The Big Launch | A guided tour to our Wedding Venue Directory

Bohemian Beats | Inspiration for Bohemian Wedding Styles

Rustic Romance | Inspiration for Rustic Wedding Styles

Modern Vintage | Inspiration for Vintage Wedding Styles

Coastal Cool | Inspiration for Nautical Wedding Styles

City Chic | Inspiration for City Wedding Styles

Classic Elegance | Inspiration for Classic Wedding Styles

Coco’s Search Tips | A comprehensive guide to your Wedding Venue search – with questions to asks and helpful tips!

Stay in touch

You can find Coco on the usual social networks… Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Come and say hello / follow / like (and all that jazz) so that you are kept up to date with the latest venue offerings, industry events and inspiration posts!

Coco Wedding Venues - Social Media.

You can also find my contact details here if you want to get in touch and say hello!

Coco Wedding Venues - Newly Engaged Say Hello to Coco - Image by Brandon Kidd.

Image by Brandon Kidd.

So that’s Coco Wedding Venues… I hope we get to help you along the way.

Enjoy this time you newly-engaged love birds… It’s just the best.

Lots of love…

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