Dropping down on one knee doesn't cut it for everyone.
When it comes to the Big Moment, some grooms-to-be take it one step further and incorporate their own personality into the proposal, even if that means showing off their nerdy (or should we say awesome?) side.
From cleverly-orchestrated video game proposals to one man's Star Wars flash mob, we've seen some adorably geeky ways to pop the question. And in honor of Geek Pride Day on Friday -- yes, such a day exists -- we've compiled our favorite proposals.
Click through the slideshow below to see these original proposals and let us know: Which of these marriage proposals is the geekiest?
Futurama Binary Code Proposal
In February 2012, YouTube user doctorpappa decided to propose in what might be the most (adorably) geeky way ever. He <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/geeky-wedding-proposals_n_1263506.html" target="_hplink">took the message</a> "Rachel, you are awesome. Will you marry me?" and translated it into binary code, the language computers use to translate and process information. Instead of passing the coded message along to his girlfriend on, say, a slip of paper, he videotaped himself reciting the entire coded message -- an endless litany of zeros and ones -- while dressed as Bender, a robot from Comedy Central's animated television series "Futurama."
Star Wars Flash Mob Proposal
One Star Wars super-fan, Patrick Quiring, decided that May 4, 2012 (May the fourth be with you!) was the perfect day to pop the question. So he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/star-wars-flash-mob_n_1497686.html" target="_hplink">organized a Star Wars-themed pub crawl</a> complete with a group of costumed dancers to surprise his girlfriend with a public proposal.
Meme-Filled Marriage Proposal
In December 2012, Timothy Tiah's heartfelt proposal video <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/22/meme-filled-marriage-proposal-video_n_1164674.html#s567043&title=Song_And_Dance" target="_hplink">hit the internet</a> -- and melted everyone's hearts -- when he popped the question to his girlfriend, Audrey, with a series of cleverly-constructed meme-themed cards.
In January 2012, gamer boyfriend Joe reached out to Foozle -- <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/138156/romantic-in-app-proposal-leads-to-real-life-wedding-thanks-to-ios-game-dev-video/" target="_hplink">one of his girlfriend's favorite iOS puzzle games</a> -- and asked developer William Thurston to help him out with an in-app proposal. The result was a <a href="http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/01/developer-inserts-marriage-proposal-into-a-game" target="_hplink">special copy</a> of the physics-based puzzle game, which contained a hidden message at the end of the seventh level. The message (shown in the video) reads: "Jen, I love you with all my heart and nothing would make me happier than to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?" She said yes.
Super Mario Bros Proposal
In October 2009, one gamer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/21/super-mario-proposal-geek_n_328259.html" target="_hplink">proposed to his girlfriend within a Super Mario World game</a> by spelling out the words "Lisa Will You Marry Me?" using gold coins. Watch how she reacts as he gets down on one knee to offer a real ring.
Portal 2 Proposal
Gary Hudston <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">always promised</a> his girlfriend Stephanie Harbeson that his proposal to her would be geeky and unique. When he figured out that his girlfriend loved playing Portal 2, he knew he had to incorporate his proposal into the game somehow. So Hudston set off on a mission, <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">tracking down the voice actress who plays GLaDOS in the game, as well as the game's writer and other members of the Portal 2 team</a>, to create a <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">custom version</a> of the game. The entire project took six weeks and of course, she said "Yes!" Watch the video to see Stephanie play through the level without knowing that a proposal is waiting for her at the end.
Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup
In April 2010, game designer Anders Howard proposed to his girlfriend via a video game he designed, called <a href="http://www.geekosystem.com/tag/dinner-love-and-the-quest-for-soup/" target="_hplink">"Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup."</a> Watch the actual footage of Howard's girlfriend playing the game.
In April 2011, Ben Ambroso asked the developers at <a href="http://kotaku.com/5795148/when-your-favorite-game-is-proposing-marriage-the-answer-is-yes" target="_hplink">Gearbox Software to help him out with a marriage proposal</a> to his girlfriend Tora using the video game "Borderlands." See what happens next in the video.
Little Big Planet Proposal
In October 2008, gamer DimmuJed used Little Big Planet to propose to his girlfriend. According to his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2iGG9uTZY&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink">YouTube description of the video</a>, she was so shocked that she just kept playing the game.
Dave Garr, a self-professed "bachelor from birth," found the love of his life in his girlfriend Elizabeth. To propose, Garr <a href="http://www.daveloveselizabeth.com/" target="_hplink">created a website</a> directing Elizabeth to click through a series of questions ending finally with the big one: "Will you marry me?"
In <a href="http://blog.nj.com/ledgerarchives/2008/08/a_nerd_programs_his_way_into_h.html" target="_hplink">December 2007</a>, computer programmer Bernie Peng reprogrammed his <a href="http://kotaku.com/364452/man-hacks-bejeweled-wins-wife" target="_hplink">girlfriend's favorite video game</a>, "Bejeweled," to propose to her. As she reached a certain score, a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1895795/Blogger-proposes-inside-girlfriends-video-game.html" target="_hplink">ring and marriage proposal </a>popped up on the screen. She said "Yes!"
In <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/22/a-mobius-proposal-guy-creates-video-game-to-propose-marriage/" target="_hplink">2010</a>, Matt Gilgenbach created <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyWjSZEXcnw&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink"><em>A Mobius Proposal</em></a> to <a href="http://www.amobiusproposal.com/" target="_hplink">pop the question to his girlfriend</a>. Gilgenbach built a fully-functional co-op puzzle game, which took him a total of three months to make.
Google+ Crime City Proposal
In December 2011, Google+ user Mihai used an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/29/google-plus-marriage-prop_n_1174948.html" target="_hplink"> online game called "Crime City" to propose to his girlfriend</a>. Mihai approached the game's creator for help, who then created a virtual engagement ring especially for the proposal. The ring appeared in his girlfriend's virtual inventory.
Chrono Trigger Proposal
In October 2008, computer science student Phil decided he wanted to <a href="http://www.bridepop.com/proposal/video-game-hacked-for-geeky-proposal/" target="_hplink">pop the question to his girlfriend</a> Anna and figured out how to hack into Chrono Trigger, a video game that she was playing at the time, in order to do it. Phil added a few of the couples' memories into the game (such as stargazing and dancing) and even included a sweet note of his own. Skip to 0:48 to see the in-game proposal.
'Say Yes Katie' Meme
Buzzfeed community contributor Len Kendall <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/say-yes-katie_n_1310729.html" target="_hplink">asked the whole Internet</a> for help proposing to his girlfriend Katie in February 2012. Kendall got Buzzfeed users to create meme photos asking Katie to marry him. The hashtag #sayyeskatie also quickly gained traction on Twitter. Katie said yes.