Don't Tell The Bride contestant claims the show is 'fake' with sham marriages
Don’t Tell The Bride is currently in its 13th series with a brand new batch of contestants (Picture: E4)

A groom from the current series of Don’t Tell The Bride has told how the marriages on the show are completely fake.

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According to TV sources, E4 crew cannot film legal weddings meaning the ceremonies on the show are not legally binding. Couples are therefore asked to hold their ‘official wedding’ separately, with the ceremony viewers see being all for show.

But the groom, who appears on the current series of the programme, claims that E4 bosses don’t even bother to check that they are legally married.

The groom told 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.’

He added: ‘It makes a bit of a mockery of the process.’

However, a spokesperson for E4 confirmed that the marriages on the show are not legal but insisted that couple are urged to wed officially before filming even takes place.

They told Metro.co.uk: ‘All contributors sign notice to marry for their legal ceremony in the presence of a production team member but before filming starts.

‘Photos or an update from this legal ceremony is shown at the end of each episode.

Don’t Tell The Bride, which moved from Sky to E4 this year, sees couples given £14,000, with the groom entrusted to plan the big day – as well as the stag and hen do – for the bride.

A TV source also told The Sun that the TV crew can’t film a legal wedding on DTTB as the bride would have to have seen the venue beforehand. They also confirmed that staff from the show went with each couple to declare their intent to marry.

Don’t Tell The Bride is currently in its 13th season.

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