The historical Gibson Hall played host to one of the beautiful London wedding venues used for ‘Married at First Sight’. Usually used as an Asian wedding venue, or a London business conference venue, our Grade I listed building shone with elegance and grace, and showcased itself as a unique venue like no other.
‘Married at First Sight’ first hit our screens in 2015, with the entire nation thinking, “What on earth is going on here?!” but it is more than just a show where strangers meet for the first time at the altar.
Developed by CPL Productions, they created an astounding process for which the future bride and groom would need to go through in order to be appropriately matched for the show. It was a social experiment that was aimed to test the proposition that science really could determine true love. To start with, of course, the participants all needed to agree to marry whoever they matched with – and they had to agree to do it without meeting, or even seeing, their future spouse until the big day.
Chosen from an initial pool of over 1,500 applicants, individuals each seeking long-term love have been carefully assessed by a panel of experts in the fields of psychology, social & evolutionary anthropology and theology.
Once matched by the experts, it then comes down to the scientifically compatible couples to enter a legally-binding marriage with someone that they have never met before – meeting them for the very first time, suited and booted, at their own wedding where they say “I do”. But that’s not to say that everyone makes it down the aisle – as the time draws nearer the nerves sometimes get the better of the prospective couples, and only a few brave souls make it to the altar. Our altar was situated in the beautiful private city gardens, where we usually host summer parties.
For those that do decide to become legally wed the cameras will follow the couples during the first tentative weeks of their relationship as they share their honeymoon and then their daily lives with a complete stranger. The couples would sometimes use Gibson Hall
After a period of time the newlyweds must decide whether to stay together or divorce. This is the ground-breaking series that asks if science can help us fall in love.
Airing on Channel 4 on Thursday 15th February at 9pm, we look forward to seeing our beautiful London wedding venue on the screens again this year!
by Max Barua