Faye Brookes and Gareth Gates were inspired by Friends for their wedding plans.
The Coronation Street star and the Spirit in the Sky singer are planning to tie the knot “some time next year” with Holly Willoughby’s sister Kelly – who managed Gareth for years – getting ordained so she can conduct the ceremony.
Faye told The Sun on Sunday newspaper’s Fabulous magazine: “Kelly is our best friend and Gareth’s godfather to her kids. She feels like another sister or mother to him, and she took me under her wing as soon as we met.
“She was there at our engagement party and Gareth and I – we’d had a glass of champagne – said, ‘Let’s ask her.’ And we did, and she was thrilled!
“So she’s getting ordained – you do it online I think. We took the inspiration from Joey in Friends, if I’m honest [when Joey married Chandler and Monica].
“I was saying how I’d love it if one of our best friends married us, and Kelly’s like our ringleader. She’s our queen! She’ll make it funny because she’s hilarious, and so warm.”
Faye says she and Gareth – who overcame a brief split in September last year – are planning a day that is “unique” to them and she has lots of ideas for her nuptials because she has been “dreaming” of tying the knot for such a long time.
She revealed she’s quite “old school” so wants the day to be “traditional” and that Gareth asking for her mum and dad’s permission before proposing was perfect.
Gareth proposed in January of this year and serenaded his wife-to-be with a song lasting 17 minutes!
Speaking to OK! magazine about the proposal, Faye said: “We were both crying the whole way through.
“Once it was finished, Gareth got down on one knee and said, ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’ And of course I said yes straight away.”
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