Married at First Sight UK 2021: Do the couples really get married?

30 August 2021, 13:30 | Updated: 17 September 2021, 11:21

Married at First Sight UK is back on Channel 4
Married at First Sight UK is back on Channel 4. Picture: Channel 4

Do the Married at First Sight couples get married in real life or is it fake? Find out everything...

Married at First Sight fans rejoice because the UK version of the series is back on our screens this autumn.

This time, a new bunch of singletons are hoping to find The One by marrying their partners the first time they meet them.

Celebs Go Dating matchmaker Paul C Brunson will be pairing the couples, as well as MAFS Australia expert Melanie Schilling.

E4 has teased it’s the most ‘explosive’ instalment yet, but are the marriages legally binding? Or is it fake? Here’s what we know…

Do the couples on Married at First Sight really get married?

No, the weddings are not legally binding.

Unlike the US version of the show, the couples simply make a promise to their partners to stay together, and are not actually married.

A legal wedding requires a marriage license, and the couples do not sign one after their Big Day.

In America, the stars of the show do actually tie the knot.

Speaking to The Wrap, Chris Coelen - who works on the US version of the show - explained: "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.

"We want to give them some protection walking in. If for some reason it does not work out, at least you are protected with this basic form. You are not going to get yourself into any legal trouble. Once they are in to the marriage, everything is completely up to them."

In previous series of MAFS UK it seems as though the contestants did get married, with former contestant Clark Sherwood explaining that he had to get a divorce.

Clark - who appeared on the second series of MAFS UK - revealed the divorced process was ‘an easy process’ after he split from co-star Melissa.

The Married at First Sight couples do get married
The Married at First Sight couples do get married. Picture: Channel 4

Speaking to Cosmopolitan last year, he said: "The divorce was an easy process. I went in to sign a couple of papers in June 2017, and then I had to sign some more the following September, and then the divorce went through on November 13th 2017.

“I didn't see her in that time at all - the last time I saw her was in October 2016, when she left me in the flat in Milton Keynes."