With a combined weight of 54st, they say they are ‘too fat to work’.
But that did not stop Stephen Beer, 45, and wife Michelle, 43, being able to splash out £3,000 on their wedding – as the bill was footed by the taxpayer.
Mr Beer, who was marrying for the sixth time, weighs 31st and had to have a suit specially made for the occasion.
By contrast his 23st wife became a bride for the first time and wore a white gown for the registry office ceremony and church blessing that followed.
The couple’s story was featured on the Channel 5 documentary Benefits: Too Fat To Work last night and viewers were shown how paramedics were called to the reception in Plymouth, Devon, before Mr Beer was taken to hospital feeling unwell.
The groom, who suffers from type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other problems linked to his weight, had a blood clot on the lung and instead of a honeymoon he spent nine days in hospital.
He can only stand for a limited period before becoming breathless and his wife said the wedding day trip to hospital was no surprise.
Mr Beer used to run a cleaning business and had to give up work six years ago following a stroke.
The couple receive around £1,700 a month in benefits. The rent on their one-bedroom flat is paid for by the taxpayer, and a carer comes twice daily to clean and help Mr Beer dress, but the taxpayer pays the £8,000-a-year cost.
Mr Beer also uses a specially strengthened mobility scooter, provided at public expense.
He insists he wants a job but says no one will give him work because of his weight. And yesterday, he blamed the Government for being too generous to those on benefits.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning programme, Mr Beer said: ‘The Government is making it easy for people like us. The Government is making it easy for people on benefits.’ He said he didn’t think he deserved anything, adding: ‘I’m the one who put myself in this situation, no one else.’ However, he insisted he was now suffering from ‘prejudice’. He said he recently applied for an office job but claims he was turned down because he was too overweight.
Mr Beer said he became so overweight because of an addiction to food, but is now trying to sort himself out and plans to go to a boot camp later this month.
The couple both attended weight loss groups and courses at public expense in the run up to the wedding.