Eight lucky couples get a dream-come-true wedding courtesy of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott when Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings premieres tonight with a pug-themed wedding on Oxygen.
From meeting the couples, to shopping for the wedding dress, and planning all the minute details, sTORIbook Weddings follows Tori and Dean in their new careers as wedding planners.
Now, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star talks about how her love for party planning turned into a new career as a wedding planner.
Can you tell us the story of how the series came to be, who came up with the concept, and how did things come together?
Tori Spelling: Kind of out of our lifestyle, because we love to throw parties and basically love any excuse to throw a party. We’ve thrown many for our children, and a few friends had asked us to throw their weddings. I [told] Dean I wanted to start a party planning business…Then, we partnered with Oxygen and decided to [plan weddings] on TV for eight lucky couples.
How did you find the eight couples that this series profiles?
Tori Spelling: Couples would send in videos. We collectively looked through hundreds of videos, and that’s where we chose our eight couples from.
What do you think are some of the key ingredients to a successful wedding?
Tori Spelling: I’m a very detailed oriented person and personally think details are the key to every wedding. Weddings sometimes can be beautiful but cookie cutter. So I want ours to look anything but like that.
What did you learn from your own weddings that you could bring to this show?
Tori Spelling: The big thing that we learned was to make the day about you, because it goes by in a flash. We don’t take a moment to really enjoy it and experience it with our partner. It kind of gets taken over by everyone else at the wedding. So I always reminded my brides — because it was something that was really important to me when I got married… Right before they walked down the aisle, I’d say, “When you get out there, take in everything. Stop for one second. See your groom, take in the whole scene, and just make a mental picture of it; then, head down the aisle. Because before you know it you’ll be at the reception. Before you know, it you’ll be on your honeymoon and it’s over. And it’s something you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life.”
Were there any times when there were any different points of view between you and the brides, and, if so, how did you resolve things?
Tori Spelling: I go by the motto that the bride is always right. It’s her wedding. I always listen to my brides… I take what their input is and kind of give them the chic version.
What is your favorite part of the wedding to design and to come up with the ideas for?
Tori Spelling: I love the little details, like figuring out creative ways to do the favors and the table numbers. Instead of doing a Wish Tree, what else can I come up with that is different? I love doing the centerpieces and just all the little things.
How challenging was it to be creative with pug chic as décor and actually make it work?
Tori Spelling: That was one of my favorites just because I’m a huge pug lover. So when I saw that couple on video, I was like, “We have got to do their wedding.” At first when we met with the couple, she wanted everything pug. She wanted it wall-to-wall pug. And his biggest concern was, “Oh my gosh. If you have pugs everywhere, it’s just going to be a tacky wedding.” So it was a little bit of a challenge, but I love a challenge. So I was totally up for incorporating pug, yet making it chic. I think we pulled it off.
What kind of family issues came up in planning the wedding?
Tori Spelling: We found with quite a few of the couples that the families didn’t really know each other, which was kind of surprising. One couple, she hadn’t met his family and wouldn’t meet them until the wedding day. So there were issues there that we had to navigate. We did find that a lot of families had too many opinions, and they weren’t the ones the bride wanted to use. But [the brides] felt weird because it was their parents’ opinions, so we had to navigate that.
Now that you’ve planned eight more weddings does it make you want to renew your vows one more time? If you could plan another ceremony, would you have a specific theme?
Tori Spelling: Totally. We did the first one alone on a beach, and we renewed our vows last year with all our friends and family, because they never got to celebrate [our first wedding] with us. We did more of a modernized party. I don’t know what I would do for our next one.
Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Oxygen.