The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are dating game shows, but to the surprise of many, they often result in real love — albeit sometimes indirectly.
The 20-year-old franchise is built around a basic premise: One Bachelor or Bachelorette chooses from 25 contestants, with the promise of a proposal in the finale. Drama often steals the spotlight from romance with the amount of catfights, name-calling, and tears that ensue. After all, real people looking for love on reality TV can get tricky.
And yet, the franchise has produced several ultra-gorgeous weddings and many more happily dating or engaged couples. The official weddings are well known and often televised: Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Sean and Catherine Lowe, and so on. But "non-official weddings" are even more common among the contestants. These unions are comprised of couples from different seasons that met on spinoffs like Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise or at franchise events.
What couples met on the show or through the show? Which pairs were set up by a mutual friend? Even better, who married the lookalike brother of a Bachelorette contestant? (Yes, that really happened!) To celebrate the season finale of the twelfth season of The Bachelorette (You go, JoJo!), we rounded up all of the long-lasting franchise-made couples.
Click on to read all of the love stories from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.