MAFS Australia 2021: How this season’s reunion will look different

Married At First Sight EXCLUSIVE: This year’s season reunion will look VERY different as Channel Nine relocates the set to Sydney’s trendiest eatery

For the past seven seasons, Married At First Sight has filmed its dinner parties and group therapy sessions at a warehouse in Sydney’s Lilyfield.

But things will look very different in 2021, after production of the last two episodes was moved elsewhere.

Daily Mail Australia understands this year’s reunion episodes were filmed at one of Sydney’s trendiest eateries, The Grounds of Alexandria.

New location: This year’s two-part Married At First Sight reunion was filmed at one of Sydney’s trendiest eateries, The Grounds of Alexandria, instead of the usual warehouse in Lilyfield

Endemol Shine had to find another location to film the reunion with the same look and feel after a rival TV production company booked out the Lilyfield space.

‘The reunion episode was supposed to be filmed in mid-January but it just kept getting pushed back. There was no way they could afford to keep it locked in,’ a source said.

The warehouse is owned by Legs on the Wall, a group which specialises in physical theatre and owns several large spaces on the industrial estate.

Shake up! Endemol Shine had to find another location to film the reunion with the same look and feel after a rival TV production company booked out the Lilyfield space (pictured)

Shake up! Endemol Shine had to find another location to film the reunion with the same look and feel after a rival TV production company booked out the Lilyfield space (pictured)

End of an era! Studio 1, (pictured) which is hired by Married At First Sight for several months each year, costs $7,000 a week to rent

End of an era! Studio 1, (pictured) which is hired by Married At First Sight for several months each year, costs $7,000 a week to rent

Studio 1, which is hired by Married At First Sight for several months each year, costs $7,000 a week to rent.

The space is usually reserved for Channel Nine and Endemol Shine from the start of October to the end of January.

To hire the space for this long would cost about $112,000.

And... action! The reunion was filmed over two days at the Grounds of Alexandria restaurant. Pictured: Married At First Sight grooms Cameron Dunne (left) and Jake Edwards (right)

And… action! The reunion was filmed over two days at the Grounds of Alexandria restaurant. Pictured: Married At First Sight grooms Cameron Dunne (left) and Jake Edwards (right)

New look: The Channel Nine production took over two of The Ground's function centres, including The Linseed House (pictured)

New look: The Channel Nine production took over two of The Ground’s function centres, including The Linseed House (pictured)

Wow! The event room was transformed with custom-built furniture in order to create the intimate environment viewers are accustomed to

Wow! The event room was transformed with custom-built furniture in order to create the intimate environment viewers are accustomed to

Originally scheduled for mid-January, the season eight reunion dinner party was postponed due to border closures and only took place last week.

The Channel Nine production took over two of The Ground’s function centres, including The Linseed House.

The event room was transformed with custom-built furniture in order to create the intimate environment viewers are accustomed to.

Delayed: Originally scheduled for mid-January, the season eight reunion dinner party was postponed due to border closures and only took place last week. Pictured: experts Alessandra Rampolla (left) and John Aiken (right) leaving the venue

Pictured: Mel Schilling leaving the venue

Delayed: Originally scheduled for mid-January, the season eight reunion dinner party was postponed due to border closures and only took place last week. Pictured left: experts Alessandra Rampolla and John Aiken leaving the venue; and right: Mel Schilling

This wasn’t the first time the show had faced delays due to the pandemic.

In March last year, it was reported the new season had been postponed in the wake of the first Covid-19 outbreak in Australia.

Throughout production, the cast and crew were all required to undergo mandatory testing for coronavirus.

Perth brides Booka Nile, Beth Moore and Rebecca Zemek, and Melbourne-based groom Jake Edwards, were all tested for Covid-19 ahead of the show’s reunion.

Couples from Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Queensland were required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in New South Wales.

Coming soon: Despite the delay, Married At First Sight is only premiering a few weeks later than usual, on February 22 at 7.30pm on Nine. Pictured: brides Beck Zemek and Beth Moore

Coming soon: Despite the delay, Married At First Sight is only premiering a few weeks later than usual, on February 22 at 7.30pm on Nine. Pictured: brides Beck Zemek and Beth Moore

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