Do 'Love Is Blind' contestants get legally married on the Netflix show?

Considering we've already asked, 'Is Love Is Blind scripted?' it comes as no surprise that fans are questioning the legitimacy of the show's marriages

zack and bliss on their wedding day in love is blind season 4 holding up their marriage certificate
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Viewers are curious: Do Love Is Blind contestants get legally married at the end of each season, or is this whole romantic experiment a gimmick for our entertainment? 

Tying the knot is not an inexpensive or trivial proposition, and considering the process is sped up so considerably for the Love Is Blind couples, it's no surprise that fans are suspecting that some of the fairytales are a result of sharp editing. And no doubt, we've asked, "Is Love Is Blind scripted" plenty of times before.

So, where do pod-goers stand? Are they in it for romance, or are they searching for their 15 minutes of fame? Is this all real?

Do 'Love Is Blind' contestants get legally married?

Yes, once they say "I do"—though, as you know, some choose to say no at the altar—it is in fact a real, legally-binding wedding. The fan-favorite couple, Lauren and Cameron, addressed the legitimacy ahead of the season 1 reunion.  

“That’s the part that was so scary for me. This is a real legally binding marriage. This is not for TV. This is our life," Lauren confessed to Refinery29

Likewise, the series creator Chris Coelen—who is also responsible for the equally addicting Marriage At First Sight—told Bustle that all of the nuptials are real. But he did note in an interview with Variety that no one is pressured to propose, which is a weight off contestants' shoulders and a huge burden for producers. What if no one says yes?!

"Here, nobody had to do anything. It was if you find someone, if you choose. Which is so scary. They don't have to go through with the wedding ceremony," he told the publication.

In that same interview, Coelen noted how he and his team are especially attuned to who they are casting. 

"There’s a lot of good shows out there where people can find love, but it’s not really that serious. We wanted people who are genuine about it," he further revealed to the outlet. "That was kind of criteria number one."

(Needless to say, a select few contestants fell through the cracks.) 

Who pays for the weddings on 'Love Is Blind'?

Netflix shells out quite a bit of dough for its lucky couples, between their engagement rings, tropical honeymoons, housing accommodations and wedding day celebration. However, beyond the dress, music and venue, Netflix asks that any personal touches for the weddings are paid for by the couple...which could be tricky given that one party might say no. 

We are very anxious to see what's ahead for our Love Is Blind season 4 couples. On Friday, April 14, the wedding episode will drop, and we'll finally learn who says "I do". And then, we'll catch up with the crew for the first-ever live Love Is Blind season 4 reunion, on Sunday, April 16. The first event of its kind will start streaming at 8pm ET (5pm PT) on Netflix. Don't miss it!

Love Is Blind season 4 is currently streaming on Netflix. Here's the schedule for all of the upcoming Love Is Blind season 4 episodes. Be sure to check out other shows like Love Is Blind, too, while you're at it. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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