David Stark's Favorite Things\\nThis event pro's short list will help you create a wedding that's nothing like the next girl's\\nAs one of the most sought-after event producers in the country, [David Stark](http://www.davidstarkdesign.com/) has built an empire on his ability to spot—and set—the latest trends in décor and floral design. We asked this industry leader his opinion on every planning detail from cake flavors to food trucks to the one indulgence every couple should allow at their wedding.\\n__Favorite recent wedding:__ A wedding at the New York Public Library where the couple had the confidence to celebrate with foliage. We used all kinds of rare begonias, lots of ferns, some tropical foliage. The inspiration was one part Orient Express, one part glass conservatory garden from the period.\\n__Dream client:__ Who doesn't want to have done Audrey Hepburn's wedding?\\n__Favorite escort card presentation:__ I love creating a plush garden bed of natural materials for the cards to 'grow' out of.\\n__Favorite cake flavor:__ Chocolate\\n\\n__Least favorite trend:__ Cupcakes\\n\\n__Buttercream or fondant:__ Fondant\\n__Embrace:__ Serving gourmet street food either at the cocktail hour or after the wedding or en route to the after party. All you have to do is rent a food truck—or a fleet of them. We've done this with fish taco trucks, wood burning oven pizza trucks, and artisanal ice cream trucks.\\n\\n__Lose:__ Lounge furniture. It's really fantastic when there are three of you standing around. But when 100, 200, 300 people come into the room, it gets lost.\\n__Tradition that should make a come-back:__ Handwritten thank you notes.\\n\\n__Favorite calligrapher:__ Some of my favorites are [Elinor A. Holland](http://www.harmonyofline.com/) and [Bernard Maisner](http://www.bernardmaisner.com/).\\n__Favorite bouquet shape:__ A small, classic bouquet gathered from the field.\\n\\n__Favorite flower:__ \\"[Poppy](http://www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-flowers/gallery/flowers/editors-pick/results?blossom=poppies)\\"\\n__Necessary extravagance:__ Professional lighting. The centerpiece can be as beautiful as humanly possible but if it's not lit well, you won't see it. I work very closely with Scott Davis, creative director at [Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging](http://www.bentleymeeker.com/) in New York. A good lighting job is one where you don't know there is a lighting job.\\n__Budget-friendly tip:__ You can make a napkin look really special—and I'm not talking about swans.\\n\\n__Dream registry item:__ A rice cooker!\\n__For/against the choreographed first dance:__ For\\n\\n__For/against the sweetheart table:__ Against\\n\\n__For/against the after party:__ It's just like the cocktail hour—you've got to have one.