Music icon Elton John and his Canadian partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages.

The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."

The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children.

In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married."

Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.

Furnish, originally from Scarborough, Ont., is a filmmaker and producer who previously worked as an advertising executive. His credits include the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet and the music TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...