New York City-based comedian Ethan Fixell was nervous about popping the question to his girlfriend. So he decided to stick to what he knows: videos (Fixell regularly makes YouTube videos with a friend).
Instead of planning an extravagant flash mob or getting down on one knee in the midst of a comedy show, the comedian created a marriage proposal video that illustrated the couple's experiences together over the last three years of their relationship -- from meeting at at a bar to moving in together.
"It was a very undercover operation," Fixell told The Huffington Post, describing how he captured the footage without tipping off his live-in girlfriend. In all, it took about a month to film, Fixell said.
Though he originally planned to pop the question when the pair traveled abroad during the summer, Fixell decided to instead show her the video on their three-year anniversary at the end of May. Plans were already made to visit Blue Hill Farm Tarrytown, N.Y., for an anniversary getaway, so all Fixell had to do was find the perfect time to show the video.
After he did, he pulled out the ring box, but fumbled with his words.
"I don't even remember what I was saying. I was a mess," Fixell told HuffPost. "I opened the box without asking her to marry me."
But she said "yes," anyway.
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Downtown Disney Flash Mob
Jamin brought a little Disney magic to his proposal when he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su1YLAjty-U" target="_blank">organized a flash mob</a> in Downtown Disney in 2011.
"Julie Will You Marry Me" Website
In 2011, Jim worked with an artist to create a comic strip-like history of his and Julie's relationship, which ended with a marriage proposal. He posted the drawing on a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/cutest-marriage-proposal-ever_n_903657.html" target="_blank">website</a> and filmed Julie's reaction as she read it. Click <a href="http://juliewillyoumarry.me/" target="_blank">here</a> to see the adorable website, and watch the video at left to see Julie's reaction.
Romantic Proposal On A Dock
Do proposals get any more romantic than this? In 2011, Tyson <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TECPJI6Z2gs" target="_blank">led his girlfriend, Michelle, to a picturesque dock</a> in Oregon, where their friends were waiting with flowers. They were serenaded by a guitarist as the groom-to-be popped the question.
Buzzfeed Meme Proposal
Len Kendall has the entire internet to thank for helping him pop the question to his girlfriend, Katie, in 2012. Kendall posted a meme-like photo of himself (look left) proposing to Katie on <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lenkendall/help-me-convince-katie-to-say-yes" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, and started a Facebook group, Pinterest page and Twitter hashtag #SayYesKatie to urge others to create their own memes asking Katie to marry him. Click <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/say-yes-katie_n_1310729.html#s740651&title=Len_Kendalls_Proposal" target="_blank">here</a> to see some of the best memes created for Len and Katie.
Madison Square Park Proposal
One man pulled out all the stops for his proposal in a park in 2010, including <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bQVoAWSP7k4" target="_blank">dancers, huge signs, a unicycle, and streamers</a>. After she said "yes," the happy couple rode off in a horse-drawn carriage.
White House Gay Marriage Proposal
U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps and his partner, Ben Schlock, made history in 2012 by becoming the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/white-house-gay-marriage-proposal-_n_2317455.html" target="_blank">first gay couple to become engaged at the White House</a>. Phelps told HuffPost that he wanted to propose at the White House because they had their first date there, at the LGBT Pride Month Reception, six months earlier.
Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal
In the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/portland-proposal-video-e_n_1554435.html" target="_blank">first viral lip-dub proposal</a> (but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/epic-lip-dub-proposal-brad-emily_n_1929700.html" target="_hplink">not the last</a>), Isaac Lamb had his girlfriend sit in the back of a truck as they drove through a Portland park, then played Bruno Mars' "Marry You" while dancers popped out and lip-synched to the song. The proposal, which took place in May 2012, now has more than 18 million views on YouTube.
Tim Tiah proved just how useful those popular internet memes can be when he proposed to his girlfriend, Audrey, in 2011. While Audrey was at a restaurant with friends, Tiah stood outside and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/22/meme-filled-marriage-proposal-video_n_1164674.html#s567043&title=Song_And_Dance" target="_blank">held up signs containing memes</a> that corresponded to their relationship, ultimately using the <a href="http://www.quickmeme.com/Puss-in-boots/?upcoming" target="_blank">Puss In Boots meme</a> to pop the question.
Fake Movie Trailer
Back in 2011, Matt Still convinced his girlfriend, Ginny, to go to the movies one day -- then, he arranged to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pnVAE91E7kM" target="_blank">play a fake movie trailer</a> before the movie that chronicles his journey to the theater to pop the question.
"Mobbed" Flash Mob
In 2011, <a href="http://www.fox.com/mobbed/" target="_hplink">Fox T.V. show "Mobbed"</a> featured an epic marriage proposal. Groom-to-be Justin <a href="http://blog.weddzilla.com/topics/getting-engaged/get-mobbed-on-fox/" target="_blank">recruited 1,000 people</a> to participate in an over-the-top flash mob for his girlfriend, Nikki.