I'm looking for some colour advice on bridesmaid dresses for our autumn wedding. Our colour palette is ivory, deep green, charcoal grey, rose gold and originally a bit of black, but I'm now thinking that maybe black would be too harsh. My original idea was to have the girls in black and make it a black-tie kind of look, but I'm worried that if the groomsmen were in black too it would be too much?

I'm struggling to find charcoal dresses in my budget (under 50) and I feel like deep green is a bit too traditional-bridesmaidy for my taste, so I was wondering what you might suggest? I love navy but not sure it will go with the scheme? Our theme for the wedding was along the 'black tie botanical' lines. I definitely don't want to put them in ivory and the only rose gold dresses I can find are sequins, which I don't want because my dress is sequinned.

Or should I just keep them in black, in which case what the hell should the groomsmen wear?!

Any suggestions appreciated! x