Psychologist Dr. Jessica Griffin, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor Pastor Calvin Roberson select six Boston-area singles in the hopes of ultimately creating three happily married couples.
The six participants reveal to friends and family that they will be marrying a complete stranger; with just two weeks to prepare for their weddings, the future husbands and wives experience excitement and panic.
Six courageous singles who have been unlucky in love and have entrusted three relationship experts with the biggest decision of their lives finally meet their new spouse at the altar.
After marrying as complete strangers, the newlyweds are alone for the very first time on their wedding night; the following morning features brunch with the in-laws and news of honeymoon destinations.
Each couple embarks on their honeymoon in hopes of getting to know each other better after marrying as strangers.
Three couples who just married as strangers find themselves testing the marital waters with their new spouse on their honeymoons.
The three couples must decide where to live; the couples struggle to keep the honeymoon phase alive after reality sets in.
Two weeks after marrying as strangers, the couples spend time with their in-laws and friends; the experts visit two of the couples struggling with the adjustment to married life.
Three weeks after meeting for the first time at the altar and exchanging vows, the couples are living together and becoming intimate; things heat up when the couples explore their fantasies in an effort to grow closer together.
The couples celebrate their first major milestone in very different ways as the experiment reaches the halfway point.
With less than a month to go, the couples focus on how they can improve communication with their spouses; the couples' trust and honesty are tested when they are asked to trade cell phones for an hour without warning.
With only three weeks left until final decisions, Pastor Cal challenges the couples to begin planning their long-term futures together; things get heated when one spouse refuses to give up his bachelor lifestyle in order to focus on his marriage.
The couples are forced to examine if they are on the same page about what they want out of marriage; the future seems uncertain for one couple when a spouse admits he wants to keep his own apartment, even if they stay together.
With less than two weeks left until final decisions, the couples set off on road trips for a last chance at romance.
The road trips conclude with emotions running high and all six individuals questioning the future of their marriages; the experts step in to mediate as arguments heat up and decision day looms.
The pressure of decision day causes tensions to mount and feelings to waver; one couple deals with the aftermath of their marriage imploding.
After eight weeks of marriage, a honeymoon, and the experience of life together as husband and wife, each of the couples meets with the experts and makes the decision to stay married or get a divorce.
The three couples sit down with the experts and reflect on the romance, adventures and struggles that led them to decide whether to stay married or get a divorce; a life-changing announcement is made.