Literature and history are full of great stories of grand gestures when it comes to declaring one’s love and popping that one crucial question. And the New Age is no different. The difference is, now, thanks to John Baird for inventing the video camera — and, thereby, several decades later — we have the opportunity to relive those awesome moments with the lovebirds.
So, in case you’re looking for ideas on how to propose to that special someone, or just want to see how crazy people can get, here are 10 people who have simply outdone themselves — sometimes taking four years or breaking the law to even putting their life at risk (don’t ask us the sense in that, but women like the daredevilry, so it’s okay) — while asking their partners to marry them.
Which is your favourite?
Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal
Isaac Lamb proposed to Amy Frankel in the most theatrical way possible. He enlisted the help of over 60 family members and friends who appeared in his lip-dub proposal choreographed to the tune of ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars. The proposal was an elaborate affair with costumes, dancing, video cameras, laptops, various props — and not to forget people of all ages, most of them non-dancers. Surprisingly, the proposal was nailed after just four days of practice. Check it out here.
Tim’s Meme Proposal
Timothy Tiah knew that Audrey loved ‘9Gag/Reddit kind of stuff’. An idea crossed his mind in which he visualised a meme that said ‘Shorty (Audrey) Y U No Marry Me?’. He decided to share their story in the format of viral Internet memes. Little did he know that his meme-proposal would also go viral some day. It trended on Twitter Philippines, before catching the fancy of the whole world. Watch Timothy propose to Shorty with an unending grin on his face here.
Dave’s Accelerator Proposal
As far as cute nerdy proposals go, this proposal is exponentially nerdier than the rest. Dave Mosher — whose then-girlfriend Kendra was a science writer — got a physicist friend of his to contact her, saying he had the scoop on a ‘rare crystalline deposit’ found as residue of experiments in the Realistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Brookhaven National Laboratory — in simple terms, a particle accelerator. Dave led Kendra into the accelerator, in which — to her surprise — she did find a crystalline deposit, with a ring attached to it. Watch Dave lead Kendra into the accelerator here.
Home Depot Marriage Proposal
Flash mobs as wedding proposals have become common, this proposal will make you wonder about its setting. There are no posh malls or amusement parks or picturesque locations. Spencer Stout proposed to his boyfriend Dustin at a Home Depot in Salt Lake City in the US. The Home Depot played a catalyst in bringing Spencer and Dustin together, for that’s where Dustin took Spencer after their first date to show him the materials he used for his home improvement projects for his house in Los Angeles. Spencer took three months to perfect every aspect of his proposal plan before finally putting up the show, and producing the ring. Watch his proposal here.
Epic Marriage Proposal From 26 Countries, 4 Years In The Making
Jack Hyer had been asking his girlfriend to marry him for four long years before he actually put all his clips from 26 different countries together to propose to her. And the indispensable reaction video was also added later. Watch Jack’s efforts here.
Guy Falls Off Building Marriage Proposal
This is one proposal that could have gone horribly wrong, but didn’t — thanks to the careful planning by John and his friends. Poor Brooke got the biggest fright of her life when John lost his footing as tried to catch the proposal ring tossed a bit too high in his direction by a friend. Brooke dashed to the edge of the terrace, only to find John very much alive, bouncing on a trampoline and begging her to marry him. Watch John’s crazy proposal here.
The Biker Who Stopped Traffic And Broke The Law For Love
Hector ‘Tank’ Martinez gathered some 300 of his biker ‘bros’ and brought traffic in one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets to a halt to propose to his then long-time girlfriend Paige. Martinez made sure that the bikes gave off pink exhaust fumes to fit the occasion. In case you are wondering, no charges were filed against Martinez and his partners in crime (in this case literally). Watch Martinez’s traffic-halting proposal here.
The Long Exposure Proposal
When North Carolina-based photographer Derek Childress proposed to his girlfriend, Emily, it was ‘timed to perfection’. Well, it had to be, given that it was a long exposure time lapse video (shot over three nights) of his message in lights. The final image was made up of approximately 800 individual 10 second exposures. Watch Derek as he labours over his labour of love (romance is in the puns) here.
Light Writing Proposal from Derick Childress on Vimeo.
The Marine Who Proposed At The White House
US Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps made history when he became the first gay man to have made a marriage proposal at the White House. Phelps thought the White House was the perfect setting for the proposal as that’s where he and the love of his life, Ben Schock, first met — at the LGBT Pride Month Reception. Phelps told Huffington Post, “When we received an invitation from the Military Partners and Families Coalition to attend the White House holiday tour, the coincidence that it would be the six-month anniversary of our first date — and also to the White House — was too big not to capitalize on.”
The 365-Day Proposal
Dean proposed to his girlfriend Jennifer every day for a whole year — that’s 365 times. That’s some serious perseverance — or just die-hard love. He led her into a scavenger hunt — which concluded at the beach in Aruba with Jennifer chancing upon the video. In addition to those 365 proposals, Dean popped another one — this time with a ring — when she turned around to face him. Watch each of Dean’s proposals and Jennifer’s tearful reaction here.
Have we missed out on any of your favourites? Tell us in the comments section.