Thursday, 19 December 2013

A special Christmas Message to all of our Customers!!!





On behalf of everyone here at Jack Bunneys we would like to wish each an every customer a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!!!


Monday, 9 December 2013

Stephanie & Michael's English Countryside Wedding


Featured Jack Bunney Grooms - Real Weddings



Michael & Stephanie 9th of February 2013.  
Thank You to Aaron Collett photography for these images. 
All photographs subject to copyright: Aaron Collett Photography, http://www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk/
 



 Here on the Bunney Blog, I have often discussed how our Grooms seem to be more passionate about their wedding planning than the stereotypical ‘groom’ portrayed in the media and sometimes the wedding industry.  It seems to me that most of our grooms really do care about the planning and get involved, here is a perfect example of a Bride & Groom working together to plan their perfect day, a day that neither of them will ever forget and a day that neither Bride or Groom would change for anything!  




Michael & Stephanie’s English Countryside Wedding.


Before the planning comes the proposal and Michael’s romantic proposal in the Cornish countryside was a surprise to Stephanie, a shock discovery of a bottle of Dom Perignon was quickly followed by a proposal!

 “I told her she could only drink the champagne if she agreed to marry me” Michael said. 

Fortunately Stephanie was thirsty and agreed.   Once there is a proposal there is a lot of hard work to be done.    And Michael was definitely involved in the planning! 


“ I was definitely involved as much as I wanted to be, Stephanie knew the things I wanted a say in and the things that I didn’t have much of an opinion about. We planned those things together and Stephanie was happy to arrange the other things and checked with me before the final decision was made. It worked perfectly for me.”

Not all grooms feel the way Michael does about the wedding planning, but ultimately it is a rewarding experience.

“I really enjoyed seeing it all coming together and being able to get a picture of how it all might pan out.”

Michael was very involved in the planning and also had strong opinions on what he wanted to wear for the wedding day.

“I didn’t want anything fashionable or too fancy that’s not my style, so it’s quite a simple suit made of English wool. I’m very keen on using British produce so it was great that English wool was an option.”

Michael decided that we should make his suit Made-to-Measure and we should hire suits for the rest of the party.   Michael enjoyed the experience of visiting Jack Bunneys very much.

“It was fantastic we travelled a few hours to get to the shop so it was always a bit of a day out. The shop was full of character and the guys at Jack Bunneys were so knowledgeable. I very rarely wear a suit so their advice was gratefully received.”

A countryside wedding surely requires a country Stag-do!  So that means 4x4’s & Sheep dye no?

“We went down to the West Country and did some 4x4ing then headed into a small market town for a meal and too much to drink. On the Friday night my brother and a few others managed to paint me in sheep dye. That was a little hard to explain when I went into work on Monday morning. I’ll get him back.”

To the day itself! And there were tractors with shoot trailers, apricot liquor to keep the cold out and best man bingo!  It sounds and looks incredible.  Some of the touches so unique and personal, this wedding could only have been planned by Michael & Stephanie.

“I felt surprisingly calm on the morning and all the way up to when I first saw Stephanie. Throughout the day we had lots going on so it was always nice when we spoke to people to hear they were enjoying all the little things we’d done for them.”

“I was really pleased with how the tractors and shoot trailers got everyone from the church to Rushton Hall and the apricot liquor helped keep the cold away.”

I don’t know about you but I have never heard of best-man bingo before!  It sounds like an incredible idea, I have no doubt we will all be playing this at a wedding very soon!

“Without the best man’s knowledge we set up a bingo game for during his speech. Each table had a grid of words and the winning team won a bottle of champagne. One table cottoned on pretty quickly and started leading him to say the words on their sheet. Not surprisingly they won the champagne.”

After such an incredible day, Michael had a few words of reflection.

“It couldn’t have turned out better. Everyone had a good time and appear to have enjoyed themselves.  I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Now that Michael has been there and done that, what words of wisdom would he offer to the next Groom-to-be.

“If you want something to happen or be included in your wedding, fight the cause, it should be personal for both of you”

Obviously after such an incredible wedding, life must seem quite dull and boring?    

Or not…


“We went to the Maldives for the week straight after the wedding.
Stephanie planned it, she has amazing patience and read hundreds of reviews of different islands and picked the perfect one.

I’m sat in the maternity wing of the local hospital writing this so it was obviously pretty special. Boy or Girl?”


Ha Ha!! CONGRUTALATIONS!!! To Michael & Stephanie!

Thank you for taking time out to take part in our Bunney Blog.  Thank you for being amazing customers and we are so pleased that your adventure together is just getting started!



Michael & Stephanie would like to thank the following suppliers:


Photographer: Aaron Collett.

Venue: Rushton Hall

Wedding Dress:

Shoes: Kate Spence


 Flowers: Amanda

Make-up:


.Caterer: Rushton Hall

Tractors: Sharmans agricultural Engineers/ my dad.

Horse and trap:

Fireworks:

Band:

Others: Stationary































Monday, 2 December 2013

Do Grooms Care?


Do Grooms Care? 



I meet a lot of grooms-to-be every year, I mean a LOT!  I supply suits for over 600 weddings every year.  Which means every year I meet at least 600 grooms, and that normally means talking to them at least twice, maybe three or four times. That means I talk to 600 grooms at twelve months in advance of a wedding, about three months before a wedding, two days before their wedding and sometimes two days after.   I think that gives me a rather unique insight into the mindset of a groom to be!  

So what have a learned from this rather unusual perspective?  Well for a start I have learned that grooms do care!   Men may or may not shrug their shoulders and act cool in front of their mates, or family or even their bride-to-be, but the overall majority, really do care.  They care just as much as the bride, sometimes more, some times slightly less, sometimes a lot less but they care.

I am not talking about a ‘modern-man’ in touch with his feelings; I am talking about all different men from all different backgrounds.  They may express themselves differently; some men may have particular skills and can articulate their point better than others.  But they all really do care about the wedding plans, the wedding day and (most importantly of all) the marriage. 

This is not something new but something I have always been aware of.  I talk to grooms-to-be and most of them are genuinely excited for the wedding day and know all about which plans have been made and which ones are yet to be made.

Us guys however are at a distinct disadvantage to you ladies!  First of all, it is considered bad luck to see the dress before the wedding day.  (Why is this exactly?)   Not seeing the dress in the planning stage makes helping with the planning (or the dress shopping itself) difficult if not impossible.   As you look at venues or meet suppliers often the bride is considering the style of dress and how appropriate that dress would be with that venue or product.  So right from the start of the wedding planning us men are on the back foot.  Knocked of balance before we have even begun!

Now the groom-to-be is off to difficult start but it gets worse!  We pick up a wedding magazine; it becomes quickly apparent that women have edited these magazines from a bride’s perspective.   With articles like: “Will you care if your groom gets drunk on your wedding day?”  & “Telling Your Groom What you expect of him”  (these are actual articles, I have researched today).   Not only are we excluded from some of the planning we are now being told what we can and can’t do, with the assumption that we will not do anything at all unless we are given instruction.  Or even worse that we will somehow behave terribly unless told otherwise.

I am sure I am making it sound worse than it really is but my point is the wedding industry can be a sexist place.  Men are often talked down to and generally the assumption is always that the bride will be making any final decisions with or without the grooms input.   But I think the wedding industry is wrong.  I think men do care!  I think if we looked at this whole wedding planning thing from a different perspective the men would not only take part in the planning, they would enjoy it and maybe even increase their wedding budget (and therefore become a good thing for the whole industry) to pay for things that they really want. 

How do we change things?  Well for a start, why can’t the groom see the dress?  Because of some superstitious tradition?  I am pretty sure every wedding rule, etiquette or tradition has been broken over the last few years. Alternative is the word of the day, so why not plan alternatively too?  Who better to tell you if you look beautiful in your dress other than the man you want to spend your life with?  Whose opinions count more than your partners?   

Secondly, we should (and by ‘we’ I mean everyone) all treat the bride and groom as a partnership.  Lets not always defer to the bride to make all the decisions.  It’s bypassing the groom entirely, as if his opinion is some how not valid, that simply cannot be true, after all it is his wedding too, his opinion (no matter how good/bad) is still valid. 

And lastly, Grooms, I know you care.  I know you do.  I have stood in my shop here on countless occasions and I have seen you excited, apprehensive, nervous and ecstatic.  I have talked to you about your plans for your wedding day.  I have discussed your hopes, your dreams and I have listened while you describe to me the ‘best day of your life’.  So I know you care.  It is up to you to show everyone and take an active role. 





Thursday, 28 November 2013

Vlog - Competition 28/11/13 - 1/12/13 - T&C's

Todays Video Blog (Vlog), which will be uploaded to You Tube before the end of the day on Thursday the 28th of November 2013 contains a competition to win a bag of products from Jack Bunneys.
The bag contains a number of retail items (specified in the video).  The competition is for one winner to win the whole bag.

To enter the competition you must enter a comment on You Tube (not Facebook or Twitter).   The comment can be anything at all.  All You Tube comments will be entered into the competition.
The Winner will be announced in the following weeks Vlog.   All of those people that commented will be entered into the competition.  The Winner will be drawn on the Vlog at random.

We will then contact the winner and ask for a delivery address.  We will require the delivery address within 48hours.  The parcel will then be despatched via a secure courier.

Rules:
Comment on You Tube only to enter.
Any comment will suffice.
U.K. entrants only.

The goods cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged.

These products are given away for FREE.  We will not accept payment for any of these items in any way.






TERMS & CONDITIONS:

1. The promoter is: Jack Bunney Ltd (company no.598963)  whose registered office is at 50 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex. IG118RT.


 2. Employees of Jack Bunney Ltd. or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

 4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkfcVQqh6qk&feature=youtu.be


 5. Closing date for entry will be 1/12/13. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

 6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

 7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows:


The bag contains a number of retail items (specified in the video).  The competition is for one winner to win the whole bag.

To enter the competition you must enter a comment on You Tube (not Facebook or Twitter).   The comment can be anything at all.  All You Tube comments will be entered into the competition.


The Winner will be announced in the following weeks Vlog.   All of those people that commented will be entered into the competition.  The Winner will be drawn on the Vlog at random.


We will then contact the winner and ask for a delivery address.  We will require the delivery address within 48hours.  The parcel will then be despatched via a secure courier.


Rules:


Comment on You Tube only to enter.


Any comment will suffice.


U.K. entrants only.


The goods cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged.


These products are given away for FREE.  We will not accept payment for any of these items in any way.



 Further information can be found at:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkfcVQqh6qk&feature=youtu.be


 8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

 10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

 11. Winners will be chosen:  At random by Jack Bunney Ltd. from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.

 12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

 13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

 14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

 16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

 17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. 

18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: 50 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex. IG118RT

19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. 

 20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Jack Bunney Ltd. and not to any other party. 


Friday, 22 November 2013

*Important Information* Wedding Suit Hire Availability Update - 2014

** We are now FULLY BOOKED for 2014 wedding suit hire.  Our Evening suit hire is still available, please telephone for availability.

For availability for 2015 please refer to our website for Live Updates: 2015 Wedding Suit Hire Availability


Once again our 'Wedding Suit Hire' department is proving hugely popular!  2014 is going to be yet another exceptionally busy year for Jack Bunneys.  

Due to this high demand we have now placed some restrictions on certain dates for 2014.

1. FULLY BOOKED :  These dates are now unavailable for 'Wedding Suit HIRE',  our made-to-measure and retail departments remain unaffected.

2. VERY Limited Availability : These dates are very NEARLY fully booked for 'Wedding Suit HIRE'. There will also be restrictions on certain ranges and certain ranges may be unavailable. Our made-to-measure and retail departments remain unaffected.

3. Limited Availability : These dates are restricted for 'Wedding Suit HIRE'.  Certain ranges may be restricted or unavailable for these dates.  Our made-to-measure and retail departments remain unaffected.

DATES: 


10/11/2014 - 7/01/2015 FULLY BOOKED 






Monday, 18 November 2013

Christmas Opening Hours

Please note Christmas Opening Hours refer to when appointments will be available over the festive period*.

We remain 'By Appointments Only'  

*Also refer to the hours Jack Bunney Limited will be available for collection and delivery of hire suits.


23rd of December 2013 - 9am to 5pm - By Appointment

24th of December 2013 - CLOSED

25th of December 2013 - CLOSED

26th of December 2013 - CLOSED

27th of December 2013 - CLOSED

28th of December 2013 - 8:30am to 5pm - By Appointment

29th of December 2013 - CLOSED

30th of December 2013 - 9am to 5pm - By Appointment

31st of December 2013 - 9am to 1pm - By Appointment

1st of January 2014 - CLOSED

2nd of January 2014 - 9am to 5pm - By Appointment



Please telephone 02085941654 to make an appointment for this period.

Thank You
Jack Bunney Limited

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

New for 2014 - Number 10 of 10 - Jack Bunney Shirts

Well it's been a long road but we are nearly there!  Number 10 of 10 new things from Jack Bunneys in 2014.

Number 10 is something that has been exceptionally popular for Jack Bunneys over 2013 and something which we would like to improve upon for 2014 and that is our Made to Measure shirts.

Our wedding suit designs have traditionally only featured white shirts, well we decided to try something different.  Coloured shirts with white collars and cuffs to add a hint of colour.

Let me introduce you to Jack Bunneys Made to Measure shirt department 2014:








New for 2014 - Number 9 of 10 - The Richmond - New Colour

One of Jack Bunneys signature wedding suit designs in recent months has been the 'Richmond'  This is a modern, slim-fitting, fashionable wedding suit.  An alternative to mainstream fashion suits and made by Jack Bunneys to fit perfectly.

Here is the Richmond:




The Richmond Suit has always been avaialable in two fabrics.  The silk; in black and navy.  And the mohair, in black, blue and silver.  

In 2013 we added a dark grey.



Now for 2014 we are adding yet another colour.  Another colour which is 100% exclusive to Jack Bunneys:

Let me introduce you to the new colour of the Richmond slim-fitting wedding suit, the Burgundy:













New for 2014 - Number 8 of 10 - New Dinner/Evening Suit Hire

Jack Bunneys was once renowned for its evening suit hire.  A vast selection was always in stock and at one time Jack Bunneys would hire over 100 evening suits every week.     That was a long long time ago!  It has been some time since we had a flourishing evening suit hire department.   Over the last 10 years or so we have concentrated our efforts on our Wedding Suits, (both hire and retail) and neglected our evening wear hire department.  

In 2014 we are bringing back our Evening Suit Hire Department.  With a complete 100% Overhaul.

We will be replacing our whole evening wear (dinner suit) stock.  Every single item will be replaced, at once, for completely new.

This new dinner suit, will be; pure wool, lightweight, slim-fit, 3.piece, traditional and the very best quality.

Let me introduce to you Jack Bunneys new Evening Suit/Dinner Suit Hire Department:
















New for 2014 - Number 7 or 10 - New waistcoat colours

Over the last few years we have seen a definitive decline in the 'Wedding Waistcoat' those traditional brocade, patterned, swirly waistcoats have become irrelevant to us here at Jack Bunneys.   However with the decline of that style of waistcoat we have seen the rise of the plain pure wool waistcoat.

Traditionally these waistcoats were used with morning suits and were dove grey or a buff colour..

In 2013, these ranges were exceptionally popular for us.  Not only with traditional morning suits, but also with our Vintage Hire Suit, the York.

We have decided to expand on these classic waistcoats and introduce some new colours.

Let me introduce to you the pure wool hire waistcoat in Smoky Blue, both single breasted and double breasted.  (Pictured here with the two current colours, the Dove Grey & Buff Colour)