Expert Advice

Sketchy memory

If you're planning a big party, follow the lead of event planner Elizabeth Allen, who has masterminded the weddings of Matt and Annette Lauer, Ben Stiller, and Jane Lauder. She commissions watercolorist Anne Watkins to paint tiny vignettes of the happy couple and their guests during the reception. "She'll sit in a corner or move around, painting what she sees," says Allen. "After the party, she hands the host ten or twelve watercolors, snippets of the night on paper." $ $5,000 for a party of 80 to 100. Anne Watkins, 212-866-0057. Elizabeth K. Allen Inc. Event Planning, 212-289-4931, 617-742-4931.

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