Saturday 18 November 2017

'It's to my advantage that people think I'm gay' - celebrity wedding planner Peter 'Franc' Kelly

BIG DAY: Peter Kelly features on new RTE2 show
BIG DAY: Peter Kelly features on new RTE2 show
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Wedding planner Peter Kelly said that a lot of women mistake him for being gay but it has worked to his advantage.

The Say Yes to the Dress star (50) has four children with his wife Eadaoin Morrish, who he wed in 1996.

Peter Kelly and Eadaoin Morrish pictured with their children Cameryn , Codi Ross , Jessie Mai and Mia Darina at their home in Fermoy in 2006
Peter Kelly and Eadaoin Morrish pictured with their children Cameryn , Codi Ross , Jessie Mai and Mia Darina at their home in Fermoy in 2006

Speaking to the Sunday World, Kelly said the fact that clients often think he is gay has made his job easier.

"It's to my advantage many people think I am gay because I've been in a huge amount of changing rooms with an awful lot of people in my life and never has it been an issue.

"I work in a woman's world a lot of the time. I think a lot of my gay friends would say 'he's so not gay.'"

The RTE star says it may be his his colourful style that might give clients the wrong impression.

Peter Kelly ' Franc' and his wife Eadaoin Morrish pictured in 2006
Peter Kelly ' Franc' and his wife Eadaoin Morrish pictured in 2006

"Maybe it's that I'm just colourful and they see that I'm just colourful and they see that I'm quite brave in what I would wear. Maybe it gives them confidence," he said.

"I have so many guys at weddings come up to me and say 'I love the shoes, I love the jacket, I love the trousers, you're some gas man'."

"But they're not really surprised to hear that I'm not gay. Years ago when I first started out, maybe they were but not anymore."

Kelly is based in Fermoy with his young family and is set to take the helm of RTE's Say Yes to the Dress this autumn.

The wedding planner already has a string of successful RTE programmes to his name, including Brides of Franc and Franc's DIY Brides, which were big hits among viewers.

Speaking about Say Yes to the Dress, Franc said: "I am so excited. As an international wedding planner I have travelled both home and abroad with my brides to find their perfect dress. I could write a book on the amazing experiences I have shared travelling the globe from Hollywood to Paris, London to New York. I am really looking forward to the journey that I am going to take now with my Irish brides on their quest to find their perfect dress."

Say Yes to the Dress first aired on TLC in 2006 to great acclaim and continues to be one of the reality television channel's most viewed programmes.

While the original version is filmed in Klienfield Bridal in New York, several spin-offs have been created including series based in Atlanta, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Hundreds of Irish brides applied to feature on the upcoming RTE version, however just 40 have been selected to feature in the series.

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