Tori & Dean Out to Usher in Era of Non-‘Cookie Cutter’ Weddings

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott

Will adventurous, tradition-busting themed weddings bloom into vogue in coming months?  They will if Tori Spelling’s and Dean McDermott’s hopes for their forthcoming “Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings” show come to pass.  “I think a lot of weddings that planners throw are very cookie-cutterish,” Tori complains.  “They’re all the same after awhile.”

The weddings she and Dean help put on in their April 6-debuting Oxygen series are anything but same old, same old.

“My favorite was, we did a Marie Antoinette wedding — a party, a ball.  This couple was very into fashion.  We did it at the Vibiana downtown, which was great because the architecture there allowed us to do a cool modern take on the theme, which is all about abundance and excess,” says Tori, who certainly is one to know of such things.

Dean says his favorite was “The steampunk wedding we did at the Edison (Lounge, also in Downtown Los Angeles).  It’s Victorian age-meets-Industrial Revolution….We had aerial acrobats as entertainment.”

Tori and Dean insist that their weddings were carried out on surprisingly modest budgets, though she declines to give figures.  “I don’t know if we’re supposed to say.  Our wedding budgets vary, but none of them were extravagant.  We’re not like other wedding shows where they rely on big budgets.  Dean and I made everything ourselves, and we have favors we can call in from florists, jewelers and other businesses.”  Not to mention those no doubt lining up to offer their goods and services for promotional considerations.

Of course, there are those who will assume that once the cameras were turned off, Tori and Dean put down their staple guns and headed home while their people got the job done.

“We do all the work,” she responds firmly.  “For the Indian wedding we did, I think the night before we were up ’til 3 a.m., literally dressing the room for a 10 a.m. wedding.  I’m such a micro manager and a control freak, I’d never let anyone do it for me.  I never believe anyone else would do as good a job.”

She admits, “It was hard, doing the eight weddings in the time period we had.  That was our lives.  The kids came with us and stayed at the hotels where we working.  They got used to it.  Now they want to stay at hotels all the time…They’re highly socialized.”

The McDermott’s children — Liam, 4 and Stella, 2 — lent their little hands as well.  “Stella loves filling favor bags,” says Dean.  Liam suggests Spider-man red and blue balloons for pretty much every wedding, according to his mom and dad.

Tori and Dean renewed their vows last May in Beverly Hills (counteracting rumors of trouble in their marriage).  She says the event “was actually one of the reasons we thought of doing this show.”

“I want to do it every year,” says Dean.

Tori says she has mixed feelings about the show focusing on each wedding couple’s love stories, family dramas and surprises — when she’d like to have more lingering shots of her own handiwork.  But there’s a remedy for that.  ”

“I have my first party planning book coming out Oct. 26: CelebraTORI,” she says.  Of course.  The best-selling memoirist also has another autobiographical tome on the way for 2012.

AN OPEN BOOK:  Leah Remini says she has no regrets about comments she’s made about her family life, her husband or other personal matters on her “The Talk” show with Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert.  “I’m not worried about it.  If we’re not going to reveal ourselves, we’re not going to be different from anyone else,” she says.  The former “King of Queens” leading lady does admit it’s been a challenge getting used to working live.

“On a sitcom, if you make a mistake, they stop tape and go back.  With this, you’re live and being yourself, and whatever you say is out there.  I obsess about saying the wrong things.  And I’m the kind of person who, if 100 people give me compliments and one says something negative, oh, my God I’m crushed.”  She does not, however, give credence to haters on the internet.  That kind of rampaging negativity “is an act of cowardice.  It’s a cowardly world we’re living in, where people talk a lot of crap on the internet — anonymously — and say things they’d never have the nerve to say to someone’s face.”

THE HORSEY SET:  Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa  were on hand to cheer daughter Jessica during the $230,000 Grand Prix at Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, where the Step By Step Foundation hosted the 2nd annual “All in for Charity” benefit poker tournament.  Equestrian Hillary Dobbs, wearing a gorgeous floor length dress that covered her knee brace, was one of the five females to make up charity founder Liliane Stransky’s poker team, but her dad Lou Dobbs was stuck back East  getting ready for the debut of his show on Fox Business News.

Hillary, who celebrated her 23 birthday at the Winter Equestrian Festival, had sustained an injury when her horse slipped in an Open Jumper competition and fell to the ground. (The horse rolled on top of her… both horse and rider got up and walked out the ring, but Hillary’s knee needs a bit of time to mend). This week she had to just watch from the stands along with the Springsteens.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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