Married At First Sight expert reveals how long the dinner parties actually take to film

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Married At First Sight is in full swing, and the stars of the show have finally been sitting down for those highly anticipated dinner parties.

During the dinners the couples discuss how they’ve been getting on together, with some relationships flourishing while others are evidently struggling.

And while we at home only see a short part of what goes on in the edited version, Married At First Sight expert Charlene Douglas told OK! that the dinner parties actually go on for “hours and hours.”

Discussing the dinner parties, Charlene explained to us: “The filming in general goes on for hours and hours. What we’re watching is interesting and the edited version is phenomenal.

Jordon said the process was "exciting, different and spontaneous"
Married At First Sight expert says dinner parties take ‘hours and hours’ to film

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“The unedited version is like watching EastEnders. It’s so fascinating, and also it’s really beautiful because you see their development and how they’ve formed friendships with each other.”

The MAFS UK dinner parties sound much the same as the ones on the Australian version of the show.

Married At First Sight star Mike Gunner from the Australia version of the show told OK! that they’d be filming the dinner parties in to the early hours fo the morning.

Charlene Douglas told OK! that the dinner parties can be 'fascinating'
Charlene Douglas told OK! that the dinner parties can be ‘fascinating’

Other MAFS secrets include the fact that the weddings aren’t actually legally binding.

The couples instead make verbal commitments to one another.

Cast member Nikita Jasmine, who was recently removed from the show for ‘an unacceptable level of aggression,’ elaborated on this more: “No it’s not a legally binding contract, it’s a social experiment,” she said.

Married At First Sight UK has teased an explosive first look at Wednesday's episode where it sees show expert Mel Schilling left horrified as she watches the couples come together for a dramatic dinner party
The first dinner party was explosive
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A spokesman for the MAFS show said: “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.”

As the series unfolds, viewers have watched the couples ‘tie the knot’ in some luxurious wedding venues. But who pays for the ceremony?

Megan Wolfe and Bob Voysey were matched up by the MAFS experts
The weddings aren’t actually legally binding
(Image: e4)

Well, According to former contestant Clark Sherwood, who appeared on the 2019 version of MAFS, couples are given money to cover some of the wedding costs but must pay for the extras themselves.

“There’s budget for things- her wedding dress, a small budget for the suits. There’s some money for hen-do and stag-dos, but it was mainly out of my pocket,” he said.

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