Love at first sight? That’s child’s play. Try getting married to a total stranger without ever having laid eyes on them until the wedding day.
That’s the premise of Married at First Sight (MAFS), the bold social experiment where single people, matched by experts, marry total strangers, who they meet for the very first time when they swap vows in front of friends and family.
The Australian version of the series proved a massive hit during lockdown, and now the UK series is set for a return.
How does the series work though – are the weddings real?
Are the Married At First Sight UK weddings legally binding?
They are not legally binding marriages.
A spokesperson for the show told Metro.co.uk: ‘Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.’
This is different than MAFS in the US where the marriages are the real deal.
Speaking to The Wrap about MAFS US, executive producer of the show, Chris Coelen confirmed they sign the marriage license right after filming their ceremony.
But, he added: ‘There is a prenup that is built-in. It’s a very short, brief prenup. It basically says what they walk in to [the marriage with], is what they walk out of the marriage with.’
Married at First Sight returns tonight at 9pm on E4.