Looking for Love? TV Dating Shows That Lead to The Wedding of Your Dreams
- Can Love Be Found on TV? Let The Data Do The Talking
- Love Island - Does The Love Last or Is It a Holiday Romance?
- First Dates - The True Definition of Love at First Sight
- Love is Blind - Weeks of Drama, Tears and Love!
- Take Me Out - Eight Weddings and Six Babies
- 5 Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to TV dating shows, but what’s the best show for finding your perfect match on screen? The TV dating industry is jam-packed with new dating ideas, with an array of fresh concepts and new couples always taking over our screens. From dating behind a wall, sitting down in a restaurant filled with people on blind dates or even heading to a villa abroad with a group of singletons, there are so many new ways to meet your true love - and have your romantic journey broadcasted every step of the way.
But which shows are most likely to have you putting a ring on it?
If you are looking for lasting commitment, the wedding of your dreams and a sweet slice of Instagram fame, then it really could be as simple as going on a TV dating show. We have seen years of make-ups, break-ups, weddings and even babies thanks to TV dating shows playing the part of Cupid.
Hatton Jewellers shares the very best dating shows that help singletons find that romantic spark and the ones which sadly result in the most heartbreak.
Can Love Be Found on TV? Let The Data Do The Talking
From spending a summer together, marrying at first sight and a series of blind dates, finding love on TV isn’t as hard as it might seem. 33% of contestants on Love is Blind have got married and, after a summer of love on Love Island, a handful of people have married and even had children since returning to the UK. Dating shows have taken over reality TV since the early days of Take Me Out and it's become more common than ever to meet your match by applying to appear on a television show.
Love Island - Does The Love Last or Is It a Holiday Romance?
Despite what you may think, love can last after Love Island. Much-loved couple Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt tied the knot and had a beautiful baby daughter, while one of the most talked-about Love Island couple - Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen - tied the knot with a low-key ceremony and at the start of this year announced they are expecting their first child.
When it comes to engagement rings both couples went the extra mile. Jamie Jewitt designed the ring himself and admitted he'd spent six months drawing up the designs, which included gold leaves and clusters of small diamonds. Alex Bowen opted for a stunning diamond cushion cut ring. Both couples remain happily married and show that it wasn’t just summer love in the villa.
The relationship of the winners of the 2016 series, Cara and Nathan, has certainly stood the test of time too as the couple got married in a secret location a few years ago. Back in 2017 they had a son together, Freddie, however it hasn't all been plain sailing as they briefly broke up in 2017 whilst Cara was pregnant. Good news, they are still together!
Finally, let’s talk about the most controversial wedding to come out of Love Island. Jessica Shears and Dom Lever originally ‘married’ on Valentine's Day 2018 on Good Morning Britain while wearing swimwear. The couple did later tie the knot in Mykonos in a more romantic, conventional way.
First Dates - The True Definition of Love at First Sight
First Dates is the show that boasts about having the ‘most happy endings’ compared to any other show. With many First Dates couples still together, the show has a whole host of love stories in the bank. From marriages and engagements to moving in together and having children – those who found love on the show have done it all.
Shaun and Greig met on series six and got engaged in 2017, Adam and Dan met way back in 2014 during series four yet remain very much together and the much-loved Ibiba and Arron have since got married and had a gorgeous daughter since meeting on series five.
We also can’t forget Will and Fran, a pair that bonded over their mutual love for rugby and tweed, who have since got engaged. Along with Elan and Cindy, Hema and Ajai, Dave and Sara, and Sarah and Philip, these couples have all shown love can really be found on the dating show First Dates.
Love is Blind - Weeks of Drama, Tears and Love!
A whirlwind three weeks of drama, tears and, of course, the pods! The experiment saw couples meet behind walls, bonding and deciding whether to propose before they had even met. After a little while getting to know each other, each couple headed down the aisle to decide whether to say ‘I do’ or publicly end their relationship.
Only two actually got married in the end, but which couples are still together?
Recently celebrating their second wedding anniversary, Lauren and Cameron were by far the most committed couple throughout the entire show. They are truly the essence of Love is Blind and show that the experiment really can work - maybe looks aren’t everything after all!
The next relationship that stood the test of time after getting married on the show is Amber and Matt. Despite them both getting cold feet on the day, they both decided to say ‘I do’. They have been through ups and downs but still remain happily married today.
Sadly these were the only two couples that remained married couples after the show ended. Jessica and Mark bounced back after the show with new partners, Kelly and Kenny opted to go separate ways and GiGi and Damian’s relationship is still up in the air.
Finally, Carlton and Diamond’s break up was perhaps the most explosive of the show, leaving each other days before they were meant to say ‘I do’.
The first series of Love is Blind is one people will never forget! The question is - will those wedding bands stay on for much longer?
Take Me Out - Eight Weddings and Six Babies
With an impressive legacy of success stories, after 10 years and 11 series Take Me Out has now sadly come to an end. Eight weddings and six babies later, the ITV show has certainly helped people find love that stands the test of time. Take Me Out put dating shows back on the TV map as brave boys came down in the love lift and tried to impress a panel of girls.
Starting right back at the beginning, we saw Dave and Adele from series 2 tie the knot in 2014. Though the couple initially went on dates with different people, they decided to get back in touch when their dates didn’t work out - we bet they’re glad they went on the show, after all! We then saw Adam and Beckie, Andrew and Lindsay and Grieg and Kerry all say ‘I do’ at the altar after meeting on the much-loved show.
Robyn and Stuart, Gemma and Gavin, Dan and Dawn, and Danielle and Luke also got married after meeting on the show. With many also welcoming beautiful babies into the world and all still being happily married today, it really shows that TV dating shows can help you find true love.
5 Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring
It's not just TV stars who get to step out in dazzling diamonds. Get yourself a piece of the action with our top tips for finding the perfect engagement ring that our reality TV stars would be proud of. Take a look at our top tips for finding the perfect engagement ring below, or check out our full engagement ring guide.
- Get The Shape Right - Knowing the diamond shape your partner is looking for in an engagement ring is sure to help you in your search. The shapes of diamonds include; round, princess, oval, cushion, emerald and fancy cut. A round cut diamond is the perfect option for a lady who loves simplicity and elegance, whereas an emerald cut is ideal for anyone who loves a little more glamour in their day-to-day look.
- Choose The Setting - An engagement ring setting is the way that gemstones or diamonds are set into a metal band. Different types of ring settings can emphasise the natural beauty of the diamond in different ways. From prong settings to bead settings, each gives the engagement ring a completely different look and feel.
- The Perfect Fit - So you know how you want to propose and the style of engagement ring you’re wanting to buy, but are you unsure of your partner's ring size? You can secretly find out your partner's ring size by borrowing one of their rings or asking a friend. However most engagement rings can be resized, check out our jewellery resizing guide for more details.
- The Stone - While diamonds are the most traditional stone when it comes to an engagement ring, there are several other options on the market that can create an engagement ring just as sparkling and beautiful. From emeralds to opals, coloured gemstone engagement rings could be just the fit for your bride or groom-to-be.
- Going For Gold (or Platinum) - Traditionally, engagement rings are made from yellow gold, white gold, or platinum. However, rose gold has made more of an appearance in recent years, creating a modern stylish ring perfect for those trend-setters.
Whether you met on a TV dating show or tried a more conventional method of matchmaking, if you're looking to propose to your loved one then help it at hand. Our Hatton Jewellers range of diamond engagement rings and gold wedding bands are perfect for everyone, no matter how you met.