YouTube: Videotape your marriage proposal, win a honeymoon, feel geek love

Ok, you don’t have to be a geek for this one but it couldn’t hurt. 

Starting this week, YouTube is teaming with online flower seller 1-800-Flowers.com for a contest to get people to video their most wacky or touching marriage proposal in 120 seconds or less.   

Should you ultimately win the contest and the heart of your target video subject, the touching entry will be featured on YouTube’s front page on Feb. 11 where millions can make fun of you.  More importantly though, he winner will receive a wedding at a Sandals Resorts location, free air transport from American Airlines and an engagement ring from the Internet jeweler Blue Nile. 

If marriage proposal is a little heavy for you, you can try submitting a video Valentine that too will be judged and the winner will be featured on YouTube’s front page on Feb. 14. That winner will receive prizes from 1-800-Flowers.com and Victoria’s Secret. All videos must be in to YouTube by February 11, 2008 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time.   

The 1-800-Flowers Web site is very specific about the rules for this contest.  For example it states: “Create one video offering a legitimate bona fide proposal of marriage, civil union or domestic partnership to another person with whom you personally know and wish to spend the rest of your life.”  If that thought scares you should move on to the Valentine’s entry.  

The site goes on to say entrants  will be required to provide during the validation process the complete name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom you proposed marriage and represent that you have secured this person’s permission and consent to provide such information and to be subsequently contacted by YouTube and 1-800-Flowers.com.   

To enter your Video Submission in the Contest, go to the “Will You Marry Me?” section of the YouTube Site at YouTube - Broadcast Yourself, enter your Registered Username and follow the instructions to submit your Video Submission.  A maximum file size of  80MB is permitted in files from most digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones in the .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG file formats. The site notes: when you upload your private video, you will be provided with a video ID #/URL.  You will need to email this video ID #/URL to the email address provided in the instructions.   

Meanwhile, if you have a great geek love story we hear at Layer 8 would love to hear about it. What’s the geekiest marriage proposal you have ever heard of?  

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