Some opt for a candlelit dinner as the perfect setting for a marriage proposal. Others, a romantic trip abroad.
But this amateur pilot took his proposal to new extremes - by using a pretend engine failure to pop the question to his terrified girlfriend, and secretly filming the whole experience.
Anthony Bordignon invited his girlfriend of two years, Katherine Wareham, to come on the plane ride with him - despite her visible misgivings.
To make matters worse for the anxious flyer, her boyfriend decided to stage every flyer's worst nightmare.
Minutes into the plane ride, Bordigon asks his girlfriend to hand over a checklist, telling her not to panic.
But he does little to reassure her, adding: 'I'm not getting any response on the controls here' and then warning her that they may even have to make an emergency landing in a field.
'Verify flight ring is engaged,' the terrified passenger reads. 'Initiate ring engagement process. Follow steps 11 to 14.'
When she finally realises its a marriage proposal she shouts: 'I hate you!' - before bursting into tears and screaming.
But he tells her to continue reading.
'Will the pilot in command love the passenger forever? Check. Will you marry the pilot in command?' she reads, still sobbing.
Luckily for Bordigon, she accepts his extraordinary proposal, telling him she had no idea it was coming and that he is an idiot.
Since the clip was uploaded earlier this year, it has clocked up over 1.5 million views.
Several people have commented on how romantic the proposal was. Joe B wrote: 'You made an old man smile very big... Thank you both!'
But not everyone was convinced that Bordigon's girlfriend appreciated the way he did it.
'This is forced. She knew if she had said no, he would have thrown her out of the plane. That's why she is crying,' claimed Awsome Crafter.