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BOLD PLATED Clockwise from top left: Tobacco leaf bread and butter plate, $95, and dinner plate, $175, both by Mottahedeh; and cobalt charger, $110, by Anna Weatherley, all at Neiman Marcus. Hydrangea mix-and-match collection, $15-$58, by Edie Rose by Rachel Bilson Dinnerware at Macy’s stores. Grand Divertissement salad plate, $90, and charger, $265, both by Versace for Rosenthal at Dahlgren Duck. Bloom mix-and-match collection, $15-$58, by Edie Rose by Rachel Bilson Dinnerware at Macy’s stores. Simply Anna bread and butter plate, $42, purple orchid salad plate, $75, antique white/gold dinner plate, $58, and aqua charger, $150, all by Anna Weatherley at Neiman Marcus.

Serviceware is experiencing a romantic renaissance. Gone are the days of overly formal, matchy-matchy table settings bordered by a simple boring band. So when you approach your registry, keep these few gems in mind: Mixing and matching within complementary colors is 100 percent acceptable—and, in fact, trend-forward. Don’t be afraid of pairing bold patterns like the Edie Rose by Rachel Bilson Dinnerware’s peacock-emblazoned salad plate shown here atop the line’s floral dinner plate. And don’t feel like you have to stick to one designer; it’s perfectly posh to create your own service by mixing Versace for Rosenthal with Anna Weatherley. Last, take risks with whimsical accent pieces like petite condiment bowls. Much like fashion, it’s all about the layering.