Sherri can’t wait to marry the love of her life. She says Sal is ‘the one for me’ — but the man walking her down the aisle is pretty important too!
On Dec. 26, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd got engaged to TV writer Lamar “Sal” Sally and now the happy couple is deep in the midst of planning their Chicago wedding in August of 2011. “Jeffrey, my 6-year-old son, is going to walk me down the aisle,” Sherri tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively (at Betty White‘s 89th birthday bash at Le Cirque in NYC on Jan. 16). Awww!
But before Jeffrey can walk his mom down the aisle, Sherri, 43, has a lot to do and plan. First on the list? A wedding dress. “They want to know my size,” Sherri says. “I kept saying I’m a size 4, but I have to give them the real double digits size, which sucks.”
To get her wedding dress ready, Sherri’s trainer has her on a rigorous workout. “She’s got me doing all kids of squats, lunges and lifting weights,” Sherri explains. “I have this fantasy of a strapless [dress].”
“I’m not a bridezilla,” Sherri laughs. “My husband is more the bride than me. He’s on the guest list now, while I’m here at the party [and] I’m going to have to do a slash on the list which isn’t good.”
The couple plans to have about 200 guests. Which celebrities make the cut? “They’re all calling [asking to come],” Sherri notes. But, “I don’t want any skinny celebrities — you better eat all the food.”
Sherri also wants to write her own vows, though she’s nervous about saying them. “I don’t want to cry and lose my lashes,” she gushes.
The first dance will be to a song by R&B artist Maxwell, though Sherri is not sure which one yet.
And to help Sherri celebrate her last moments of being a bachelorette, Barbara Walters is on duty. “Barbara is throwing me a bridal shower,” Sherri states. “I asked if we can slip in a stripper and she gave me a look. I told her to get someone named ‘Chocolate Thunder.’”
Though this will be Sherri‘s second marriage — she was previously married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001-2009 — she confesses that Sal is “the one for me!”