As we breathlessly await the finale of Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, it’s safe to say that viewers don’t have high hopes of Pilot Pete finding true, everlasting love. In a tumultuous season full of indecision, Peter seems unlikely to beat the odds and become one of the rare Bachelor couples that makes it down the aisle and beyond. Of course, viewers watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for other reasons — we rarely expect to see a lasting love story play out. Each season is expected to end with a proposal, but how many of those Bachelor and Bachelorette couples are still together?
The success rate of these relationships is low — but not as low as you might think. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, there are quite a few couples still happily together to this day.
If you want to be really cynical about it, there is some incentive for Bachelor couples to stay together. Couples that stay together for two years after the show’s finale get to hang on to their Neil Lane engagement rings, and couples that agree to an on-air wedding (like Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, or Tanner Tolbert and Jade Roper) have the ceremony funded by ABC.
But many couples genuinely credit the franchise with helping them find their person and have even started families with their Bachelor S.O. Catherine Giudici and Sean Lowe, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, and more have all welcomed Bachelor Nation babies. These couples often return to the franchise to encourage the current contestants that it is possible to find lasting love on the show — even if you have to try more than once.
In the end, it’s still a small percentage of these relationships that work out. But hey! Dating is tricky however you do it, and we’re just happy these couples found each other.