Annals of awful advertising
I am in receipt of the following suggestion in my email box, from Bed, Bath & Beyond:
Whether you're engaged . . . know someone engaged . . . or hope to give your partner a little nudge--Bed, Bath & Beyond promises to make wedding planning as simple as saying "I Do".
I know that times are hard for retailers. Every day seems to bring an increasingly desperate missive from Banana Republic, Crutchfield, or Burpee seeds promising fantastic savings, free shipping, and if I choose the option at checkout, the firstborn son of the Marketing Director. But this . . . well, it quite takes my breath away. The desperate leading the desperate, so to speak.
I'm no game theorist. Or psychologist. And a business site is not quite the right venue for dating advice. But I'm pretty sure you cannot overcome a reluctant suitor merely by going ahead and registering for the wedding without him. Seriously. Just ask Lehman Brothers.