American Beauty actress Mena Suvari married concert producer Simone Sestito in Rome last weekend, Suvari’s rep confirmed to Gossip Cop. The two held their reception in the same castle that held the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes nuptials in 2006.  Suvari and Sestito kept their destination wedding personal, People reported, with wedding bands designed by Sestito, and a first dance written just for the couple.

How can you make a destination wedding feel like home?


Cupid’s Advice:

Destination weddings can be fun and exotic, but it’s important not to let the romance of the wedding get lost in the allure of the destination.  Suvari and Sestito had the right idea by keeping their nuptials small and personal.

1. Placement is key: While cities like Rome and Paris are traditionally romantic, you should pick a destination that means something in your relationship.  Make the place part of the celebration.  Also, keep travel distance in mind when planning invites.

2. Bring home with you: By involving friends and family when and where you can, any location can feel like home.  Even on another continent, make sure everyone feels comfortable.

3. Go out with a bang: One great thing about destination weddings is the potential to integrate the place into your ceremony.  Suvari and Sestito set off fireworks over the castle to end the evening.  Similar exciting events can be done at multiple locations.