In a first for Don’t Tell The Bride, a couple decided not to get married after a trying three weeks apart – and viewers have naturally taken to Twitter to air their feelings on the matter.
And yet, despite all this choice, there’s a very specific joy that comes from watching Don’t Tell The Bride.
The programme essentially does what it says on the tin: one half of a couple is tasked with planning an entire wedding in under three weeks, with a budget of £14,000 and absolutely no input from their future bride. Cue a plethora of hellish venues, ridiculously elaborate stag-dos, furious bridesmaids and tearful wedding dress reveals – before the couple are finally reunited, the bride spots a tiny detail that makes her heart soar (usually a chair cover) and they finally say ‘I do’.
This week, though, fans of the E4 show were left stunned when Craig’s Oktoberfest-themed wedding not only failed to make her smile, but resulted in the couple calling off their wedding entirely.
Sofia wanted a hippie-style wedding on a beach, so she wasn’t remotely impressed when she discovered she was (supposed to be) tying the knot at a brewery.
And, on the couple’s wedding day, she was seen walking to KFC until she was finally convinced to speak to Craig.
Eventually, the couple agreed to say their vows – however unenthusiastically – but decided against making the marriage legally-binding.
At the end of the show, E4 stated: “At the time of making this programme Craig and Sofia had decided not to make their wedding legal and were working together on their relationship.”
Naturally, fans were aghast – and the majority of them seemed to have Sofia’s back.
“Can’t cope with that episode of Don’t Tell The Bride,” wrote one. “Can you please let me know Sofia is ok? Can I invite her round for tea?
“SOFIA IF YOU CAN SEE THIS I’M ON YOUR SIDE, GIRL!”
Another added: “The first episode of Don’t Tell The Bride where the bride wasn’t a complete pushover and stood up for herself.”
It was revealed last year (much to the shock of fans) that all of the weddings on DTTB are fake, with couples asked arrange a separate and legally-binding ceremony.
Speaking to The Sun, a former 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.
“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.”