Tori & Dean:sTORIbook Weddings



Celeb duo makes dream weddings reality; some iffy language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There is some discussion of romance and commitment, but the show’s real focus is more on the material aspects of a wedding. The importance of the engaged couple’s faith is often discussed when planning wedding ceremonies. Some weddings include collecting and donating money to different charities.

Positive role models

Tori and Dean work hard to please the bride and groom. The engaged couples come from all walks of life.


Stressed couples (including the planners) sometimes bicker.


Contains some subtle references to the events of the wedding night. Tori sometimes assists in the buying of sexy lingerie for brides-to-be.


Occasional words like “bitch” are audible; curses like “f--k” are fully bleeped.


Some couples met on Bridal-oriented businesses like R. Mine and Floral Art, and hotels like the Fairmont are featured. Apple computers and Voss water are visible. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Champagne and cocktails are consumed at wedding receptions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series, which features reality stars Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott planning glamorous weddings with distinctive themes, is overall fairly mild. But much of the focus is on the material things associated with a wedding. The show also contains some occasional iffy language (“hell,” “bitch”; a few bleeped curse words), subtle references to the wedding night, and drinking (champagne, cocktails) at receptions.

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What's the story?

TORI & DEAN: STORIBOOK WEDDINGS features reality stars Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott planning unique over-the-top weddings. Cameras follow the duo as they work with select couples that have distinctive wedding themes and/or larger-than-life visions of their special day. With the help of art director and interior designer James McGowan, the reality wedding planners use their knowledge of the high-end Hollywood scene and their own creativity to create a wedding that is both glamorous and one-of-a-kind. It doesn’t always go smoothly, but the pair does everything they can to make each couple happy, and to create a day that no one will ever forget.

Is it any good?


Like the other installments of the Tori & Dean franchise, this series features the actors working together to create some sort of on-camera drama out of their personal lives -- this time by taking Tori’s interest in party planning to a whole new level. What makes it refreshing is that unlike their other reality shows, the focus here is as much on the happiness and satisfaction of the engaged couples as it is about themselves. 

The pug-themed weddings and large Bollywood-type bashes present creative planning details and challenges that makes the show light hearted and entertaining. Some folks might even be impressed by how well the reality stars pull off these events, too. But it also leaves you wondering about what career the duo will try next in order to get their time in the spotlight.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do you think Tori and Dean continue to appear in reality shows? Is it to make money? To remain in the spotlight? Other reasons?

  • What is it about weddings and wedding planning that appeals to TV viewers? Is it the romance? The lavish details? How does the media reflect peoples’ notions of the ideal wedding?

TV details

Cast:Dean McDermott, James McGowan, Tori Spelling
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byLayneE April 27, 2011

Not an issue, but nothing a kid would be interested in.

There's nothing wrong with the show. It's kind of fun watching Tori and Dean work together. I just don't think anyone younger than 18 would really be interested in it. As far as product placement goes, there were a few name dropping moments, but they were quick, and mostly about the dresses. I highly doubt anyone paid for the names to be said. It was fun watching a wedding EXACTLY opposite of mine being planned. I'll give them that!


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