Tonight at 10 pm/ET, Bravo brings back Queer Eye and the Fab Five in a block of episodes that vows to set marriage ceremonies straight once and for all. The new season finds Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia and Jai Rodriguez proffering their best wedding-planning advice each week as hetero couples prepare to say "I do" before family and friends. "For the very first time, the Fab Five rush in to help straight guys with the most important decision and event of their lives — marriage," notes Andrew Cohen, Bravo's VP of production and programming. "Tying the knot has never been this much fun!"
Of course, the very concept of the new season is laden with irony, in light of all the roadblocks preventing gay couples from legally uniting. But as Kressley says of the forthcoming episodes, "If we're involved [in the planning], the wedding is a little gay!" He then adds, "These are not straight weddings in the traditional sense of walking down the aisle wearing white and leaving in a Rolls Royce. There are a couple that are very fairy-tale — with the emphasis on fairy — and a couple that are very nontraditional.
"Yes, there has been some concern about, 'Well, gay people aren't allowed to get married in the United States yet,'" he notes, "so we figured we might as well help the straights get it right until that day comes."
Thinking back to his first real-life experience in orchestrating a wedding day, Kressley tells TVGuide.com, "My sister got married when I was, like, 18, and of course I insisted on planning the whole thing, from checking out the country club to going over the menu. Everyone involved on the other side [of the wedding] was like, 'Who is this jackass?!" Although he had yet to come out at the time, Kressley admits, "I might as well have had a pin on that said 'The Gay Little Brother Wedding Planner.'"
The guidance he offered 10 years ago is identical to what he and the other Queer Eye guys now deliver: "Our basic tenet is that a wedding doesn't have to be something very prescribed or expensive or fancy; it just needs to be tasteful and express the personalities of the bride and groom. It needs to be their perfect day, and that's what we strive to create."
And what about Kressley's own perfect day, when it comes? "I'll need to find a boyfriend first," he says when asked about his own dreams of wedded bliss. "[Do you have] any leads?"
Describing his own perfect mate, Kressley at first quips, "He has to have a huge... 401k," but then adds seriously, "First and foremost, I look for a sense of humor, someone who has an outlook on life that's light and who looks at the pink side of things."
And yes, should he ever exchange vows, Kressley says he just might need a handkerchief. "Anything kind of romantic makes me a little misty-eyed," he shares. "But I cry easily. I cried when Tom Ford left Gucci, so maybe I'm a bad judge of that!"