The Real Stars of "Love Is Blind": Those Gold Wine Glasses
There are numerous standout stars on "Love Is Blind" season two — Deepti Vempati, Natalie Lee's adorable parents, and Salvador Perez's ukulele, to name a few — but no star shines quite as bright as the famed gold cups. You know the ones we're talking about: those metallic-tinged wine glasses that pop up in nearly every frame of the Netflix dating series.
As omnipresent as the drama, the shiny goblets, of both the stemmed and stemless variety, aren't just sipped by contestants in the pods; they also score a ticket to the all-inclusive honeymoon resort in Mexico and make appearances at the bonfire in Chicago, the wedding-dress shop, every family's house, and every contestant's apartment. We'll put it this way: if "take a shot every time you see a gold cup" was part of a "Love Is Blind" drinking game, you'd likely end up with a massive hangover after just one episode.
So, what's the purpose of the ubiquitous drinking vessels, and where on earth did they come from? Wonder no more, because we've got answers right here.
"Love Is Blind" creator Chris Coelen recently told Variety that he chose the cups as a way to aesthetically distinguish the series — because holing up would-be lovers in tiny pods separated by an illuminated wall wasn't enough to do so, apparently. "When you turn on the show, you know it's our show," he said. "It's a very authentic, really true following of these people's journeys, but I like the fact that we have this sort of connective tissue with that in a really light way." Beyond that, the opaque nature of the glasses allows for seamless continuity; editors can cobble together scenes without worrying about how much alcohol, water, coffee, or whatever preferred liquid is left in each contestant's cup. Plus, the fact that they're metal and therefore harder to break than glass helps, too.
POPSUGAR also reached out to Netflix about where they scored the viral gold cups — y'know, just in case we plan a "Love Is Blind"-themed party in the future. A representative from the show's production company, Kinetic Content, told us they were, unsurprisingly, purchased in bulk from Amazon for season two and transported from location to location by production vans. Although they were unable to provide the exact brand, this product listing on Amazon looks like a pretty spot-on dupe.
"It's just a symbolic thing for us."
While the inescapable glasses made a splash among eagle-eyed "Love Is Blind" fans, they also became a mascot of sorts for the women from season two. Vempati, who got engaged to but later broke things off with Shake Chatterjee, told E! News that she and the other ladies from the show's latest season want to get matching tattoos of the golden wine glasses. "We've been through so much, and we would always put all of our drinks in the gold goblets," she said. "It's just a symbolic thing for us."