Valentine's Day is the most popular day of the year for marriage proposals. We talked to dozens of real life couples about the day they got engaged. The stories were varied - from funny to romantic and oftentimes a little bit of both. Here are our 10 favorite marriage proposal stories.

Man proposing at picnic

Colleen and Ross (married 8 years)

Colleen and Ross had been dating for nearly two years and living together for a year, when they decided to get hitched. His proposal was sort of a non-proposal.

From Colleen: "We were at dinner with his parents and he kept looking at me strangely all night. We got home and I asked what was up, and he said he was going to ask me to marry him but thought his parents would make too big a deal out of it.

I said, 'Screw that, we should just go to Vegas' and he asked if I would do that, thinking I wanted a big wedding. I said Hell YES! and we booked it then and there. We flew out exactly 2 weeks later and got married at the Little White Chapel on the Strip."

Cherise and Steven (married 5 1/2 years)

Cherise and Steven went through a lot of rough spots in their relationship, but they stuck it out and made it work.

From Cherise: "Steven and I probably broke up five times in our first 9 months of dating. He was always late, loved hanging out with his boys, just didn't seem to have enough time for me. I told him that I didn't think he was in it for the long haul, so it was best to end it for good. So when we broke up for the final time, I thought that was it.

Two days after we split up, I met up with about five or six of my girlfriends at a local bar for my friend Jessica's birthday. We were kicking back, laughing and having a few drinks, while listening to some bad karaoke singers.

When I heard, 'Next up on the stage, Steven.' I didn't think twice about it since Steven is a popular name. But when I looked up, I saw MY Steven. He began to belt out, Bryan Adams' Everything I do (I Do It For You) and I was in shock.

At the end of the song, he said into the mic, 'Cherise, I just wanted you to know that I AM in it for the long haul.' And there, on the stage in front of everyone, he asked me to marry him.

Apparently, he had been planning this with my friend Jessica for weeks. We got married a few months later and have been very happy for the last five years."

Melissa and Eric (married 3 years in May)

Melissa and Eric now run a wedding favors website (among other ventures), so it's no wonder their wedding proposal was so romantic.

From Melissa: "Eric had planned it for like 4 months completely unknown to me, of course. It was on our 3 year anniversary of dating and he took me down to Shelter Island to a restaurant that was in a hotel (AJ's Bar and Grill) - great food that overlooked a private beach the resort owned.

So we eat dinner and he is totally smiling at me the entire time and can't stop giggling, it was too cute! So we finish and he tells me that there was a surprise back at our house and that's what he was excited about. Well he had me completely convinced we were going home, so we get in the car after dinner and start driving down the street, when we come to a round about that takes you off this little island. He keeps going around, doesn't leave and just returns to the hotel! (That is totally Eric and his "sly" moves.)

So we pull into the parking lot and I am completely confused wondering why we returned and he said we were staying for 3 days! I was so excited because we had never really gone on a trip like that. Little did I know he had packed my bags, which were hiding in the back seat. We go into the hotel and go straight to the room, we get to the door and he tells me to close my eyes ... that's when I KNEW IT! And of course I start to tear up as I close my eyes.

He led me into the room. And when I opened my eyes the room was filled with roses and candles and he was on his knee asking me to marry him. It was the best night of my life, the roses even had little cards in them that read "Will you marry me?" - sweetest thing EVER."

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Comments on "10 Marriage proposal stories"

Country girl October 27, 2013 | 7:41 PM

My boyfriend took me for a walk through a hay field, even though he was allergic to hay, but he knew how much I loved being out doors. We were talking about everything under the sun, I could tell he was off so I asked him what was up. He asked me if I actually really liked him, I of coracle said yes because we had been dating for two years, he asked me what I thought of him, I said he was absolutely perfect, then I asked him what he thought of me. He said I was almost perfect. Me being a little shocked said, ALMOST perfect? He said that he just wanted to change one thing. I said, oh ya what's that? He then got down on one knee pulled out the ring and said, your last name. Will you marry me?

Jillian July 16, 2013 | 11:46 AM

LOL omg these suck so bad.

Kandy May 19, 2013 | 7:46 AM

My man and I have been together 13 years I have 3 daughters and he has been with me since my youngest was 10 months old. His mother and I talk about us getting married all the time and he tells her he wants to marry me. However he thinks I want a bigger wedding than I do. I just want a small and personal ceremony we know we will always be together. Maybe I will propose to him.? Any ideas??

Abbigale March 22, 2013 | 4:55 AM

Sounds like "Lola" is way under educated and "Jennifer" is single and bitter.. HAHA!

lola January 17, 2013 | 2:10 AM

these stories are like lil fairy-tales! there so romantic. I got married at 17 only I asked him. it wasn't very romantic but he's the love of my life I didn't want to wait. he's not the romantic type though, he says he's going to purpose the right way and that will have a big wedding but in the back of my heart I know he says it to make me happy. my fairy-tale is me watching romantic movies all day pretending its me and him. maybe one day he'll surprise me, sadly I'm madly in love with that boy and I cherish him, one day I hope hell do the same.

natalie November 30, 2012 | 9:37 AM

I want to propose to my boyfriend stuart we have been together for 10 years I am so in love with him and I am sick of waiting and dropping hints lol any ideas on what I can do to make it extra special? Thanks in advance x

Genesis September 30, 2012 | 10:53 PM

I'm in love with these engagement stories but Veronica and Bo's story is my favorite and super romantic. I can't wait till my boyfriend proposes. We've talked about it, but I hope it is sooner than soon.

Jennifer May 30, 2012 | 4:40 AM

Seriously? These mostly sound like proposals from a bad Nickolas Sparks book

50 Proposals January 16, 2012 | 5:57 PM

Awesome stories! Right on Eric....super creative and romantic!

Melanie Elizabeth Lovetta March 29, 2010 | 7:25 PM

Awwwwwwwwww how sweet but my fav Is still how my rents got engaged they were on a dinner train and it was one that was a mystery like who killed the butler well while people were taking there guesses my dad got up and said your all wrong I dis it but I did it for the woman I love and when I get out of prison I wish for her to marry me so he got on one knee and said will u marry me my mom was so stunned she grabed the ring without saying anything and dads like so will u and she goes YES

Emily November 12, 2009 | 7:32 AM

Veronica and Bo's story is probably the sweetest stroy i have ever heard. :)

dinesh June 29, 2009 | 1:43 AM

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