Because taxes go great with wedding planning

Nothings spells L O V E like T A X E S. Tax © by 401K, used under Creative Commons license.
So, I've spent almost a decade working in marketing and PR, so I totally expect emails from publicists trying to get the attention and business of Offbeat Brides. I mean, this is an ad-supported site, so emails from businesses are expected and for the most part welcomed. But every once and a while I get an email from a publicist that's SO weird that I just have to share it with y'all.

Looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? Forget expensive flowers, overpriced chocolates and five-course dinners, show your love by taking advantage of the $14 offer on all [Big Tax Preparation Company]™ online tax preparation products. Nothing says "at least I'm responsible" like up to 70 percent off [Big Tax Preparation Company] online products. All you have to do is register to use any [Big Tax Preparation Company] online product from Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14 and your Federal tax return will cost just $14. To take advantage of this sweet deal, visit http://www.[Big Tax Preparation Company].com/valentine.

With love for taxes,
[Name Redacted], On behalf of [Big Tax Preparation Company]

Because nothing says "I'm planning a non-traditional wedding" like filing your taxes online, ladies!

  1. At least it's semi-tounge-in-cheek! I love flipping through the Bad Pitch Blog for e-mails like this, even though I'm in PR, too. So sad that a few bad apples make our whole profession look clueless.

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  2. Our tax refund will be completely funding our wedding… How's THAT for romantic??? :) Now if the cash will just come through already………

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  3. Just when I think I've seen most of the strange ads online… another one comes out of the woodwork! Well, it takes all kinds, right?

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  4. Taxes have a lot to do with weddings, sadly, and this ad is insensitive in that it glosses that problematic association of legally recognized (heterosexual) marriage with tax refunds among many other benefits.

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  5. I used to work for Big Tax Company. I'm not really surprised about this pitch to get people to pay $$$ to get their taxes done…the peak of the tax season is usually close to Valentine's Day. Can't believe it took them so long.

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  6. I found this quite funny! At least they are looking outside the square for tax marketing…but it doesn't actually mention weddings and I can imagine it doesn't fit the offbeat advertiser criteria lol

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  7. This is doubly funny to me because my fiance is a software designer at an online tax company and this totally sounds like something they'd send out LOL.

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