The show Don't Tell the Bride has been deemed 'fake' by some fans, after contestants on the show revealed the marriage ceremony is not real.
On the show, grooms are given a budget of £14,000 and tasked with organising the entire wedding, including the location, the hen-do, the stag-do, the catering, and the bride's wedding dress, with little input from the bride.
Drama is created when he inevitably gets something wrong - though usually it ends well, because the bride knew who she was marrying when they got engaged, and so is willing to put up with any of the misjudgments he made planning the wedding.
Only now it appears the 'wedding' that is filmed for the show is not a genuine ceremony.
According to one groom, quoted in the Sun:
It was written into our contract that our ceremony would not be legally binding and so we should go to a register office later.
That is what we did.
But we had no follow up from anyone from the show after the filming, so we could easily have avoided it and had the party for free.
It makes a bit of a mockery of the process that the bride and groom go through this huge ordeal for a ceremony which isn’t even legal.
The show began on BBC Three but has subsequently been shown on Sky, and most recently moved to channel E4.
People have reacted to the news it is staged angrily:
A spokesperson for E4 told the Sun:
All contributors sign notice to marry for their legal ceremony in the presence of a production team member but before filming starts.
An update or photos from this legal ceremony is shown at the end of each episode.
HT The Sun