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Coordinating a destination wedding can be tricky business, even if you’re as seasoned an event planner as Liz Cohen. So, the publicist-cum-party fixture, who has a rather expansive circle of friends — as evidenced by her 14 bridesmaids — kicked off her week of prenuptial festivities with a party in New York.

“It’s for everyone who can’t make it to Palm Beach,” said Cohen Thursday at the bash Alex and Alex von Furstenberg threw for her and her fiancé, Jimmy Hausman, at Diane Von Furstenberg’s studio. Still, several bridesmaids like Lulu de Kwiatkowski and Rachel Peters made it to the party, as did Palm Beach-bound ones like Rena Sindi, Caroline Berthet and Serena Boardman, who, along with her sister, Samantha, is hosting a luncheon for Cohen.

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Let’s just hope Hausman’s groomsmen keep from upstaging the bride in Florida this weekend. Two of them were arrested outside the party and led away in handcuffs for smoking pot.

In San Francisco, the crowd was decidedly tamer at the cocktail party Vanessa Getty and Trevor Traina held last week for 170 guests at the Bottega Veneta boutique to benefit the Tenderloin Childcare Center.

“I’m eyeing the luggage, but I’m trying to figure out a way to wear it,” said Traina, glancing at the shelves rife with python shoes, crocodile purses and Russian sable stoles.

Anna Getty, in town shooting her film “Happily Ever After,” scooped up a pair of cozy slippers for her fiancé, Greg Pruss, while rocker Stephen Jenkins eyed the red pumps for his girlfriend, musician Vanessa Carlton.

In L.A., Costume National designer Ennio Capasa entertained a swarm of fans, including Rashida Jones at the Melrose Avenue boutique, followed by a dinner at Il Sole that counted Asia Argento, Jacqui Getty, Liz Goldwyn, Luke Wilson and Jeremy Scott among the 30 guests.

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