[Source: RTE]

The hit reality show Don’t Tell The Bride has been caught up in accusations of being fake after what really happens on the show was revealed by contestants who took part in the show.

The popular series, which moved to E4 from Sky this year, sees clueless grooms attempt to plan the big day with no input whatsoever from their bride-to-be.

Each couple who appears on the show is given £14,000 for the groom to plan the whole thing by himself.

But contestants who appeared on an episode this year revealed that the ceremonies they plan are not legally binding.

Instead, any soon-to-be-married couple are advised to hold a separate wedding later on, in order to officially become married.

One groom said: “It was written into our contract that our ceremony would not be legally binding and so we should go to a register office later.

“This 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.”

Views were gripped by the programme as they waited to see if the bride liked what her groom had chosen for her and whether she would go through with the wedding or not, once those choices had been revealed.

A TV source, according to The Sun, claimed last night however that the show was unable to film a legal wedding due to the fact that the bride must see the venue beforehand, and that staff accompanied each couple to declare their intent to marry.

A spokesperson for E4 said: “All contributors sign notice to marry for their legal ceremony in the presence of a production team member before filming starts.

“An update or a photo from this legal ceremony is shown at the end of each episode.”