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The Mehendi ceremony at Indian weddings needs no introduction. It is usually performed two or three days before the wedding. The bride with her uncontrollable excitement, overjoyed hosts with wet eyes, the ever-teasing bridesmaids and cousins, and the list goes on when describing this ceremony. After all, what’s not there at a mehendi ceremony to make everyone happy? It’s a mega package of entertainment.
Now enough of us telling you about how good it is. We would instead, tell about all the things to do, to plan your mehendi ceremony. However, first things first. Let’s know the significance of the mehendi ceremony and later, just go with the flow:
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The main significance of the mehendi ceremony is it cools down the body and calms the mind. Mehendi is filled with lots of natural herbs which helps to cool down the body. It’s the time of your wedding. You will have hundreds of things running in your mind. You need something which calms you down, cheers you and helps you to proceed with all the functions with ease. Mehendi ceremony is a function that helps you with it. Mehendi is usually applied to the hands and feet of the bride and in most cases, to the groom as well.
Also, it is believed that mehendi is filled with a positive spirit and is a sign of good luck.
It’s a dream not just for you, but for most of the brides out there, to see the hands and feet full of mehendi. It’s your dream to see the reaction of your prospective husband when he sees your mehendi. Don’t you think you deserve a special type of mehendi? That is this wedding mehendi. It usually has elements to make her mehendi look darker and long-lasting.
The tube style henna or mehendi comes in a tube and different colours. It is usually used along with the bridal mehendi cone to give a different look and enhance the mehendi design.
Rajasthan has one of the best mehendi cones. The colours that the mehendi imprints are dark and look elegant.
Natural mehendi cones are prepared from 100% natural henna leaves. It is usually preferred by those who have any allergic reaction to any kind of mehendi. The reason for using natural mehendi cones is it doesn’t cause any allergy to any kind of skin.
When DIYs are a trend, why not put it in the mehendi ceremony? You can prepare the mehendi yourselves and ask your cousins and friends to prepare the cone!
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For all those who like to explore with the mehendi designs, this colour is for you. It gives a fresh look, you can explore different combinations and designs and rock your mehendi look.
Nothing can be compared to the very old-yet-charming brown colour mehendi design. Its beauty is always unmatched and for brides who wish to have the traditional mehendi, this is your go-to colour.
Want to add some quirky touch to your mehendi? Why not use yellow borders for your mehendi design? It gives a whole new look and yet looks traditional.
For brides who wish to have bold and bright mehendi, red is the perfect colour. To add more effect, border it with black or brown colour mehendi and wave your way to be the ‘bold bride.’
Interested in shiny shades or highlights? Try glittery shades and some interesting highlights with blue colour. Usually, this colour blends with both Arabic mehendi design and Indian mehendi design and is perfect to create that glitter you wanted.
The impression that is created with black mehendi kept for just 5-10 minutes is impeccable. It is the perfect colour if you wish to have elegant border designs.
Indian mehendi designs occupy most of your hands and are quite intricate. Compared to other types of mehendi designs, this takes more effort. However, the kind of look it gives at the end is just worth all the struggle. Most common elements of this design include the bride and groom, mango, peacock, sun and moon, floral, etc..
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Arabic designs are simple, unlike Indian mehendi designs. Most youths have liked this design because of its simplicity and unique patterns. It is also called Mughlai mehendi design. Most common elements in Arabic mehendi design are cashew patterns, sun, etc..
Fusion is the new trend and the same is applied to the mehendi designs. Both Indian and Arabic mehendi designs are exquisite in their own way. Having a fusion of them creates a beautiful balance of being elegant and trendy.
Lightly influenced by Arabic and Indian mehendi designs, Pakistani mehendi designs are synonymous with their rich culture. Their design patterns are mostly circular and do not use any Indian mehendi design elements.
Western mehendi also called henna tattoo is the modern version of the age-old mehendi. Most western countries have got inspired by the traditional mehendi designs and hence the birth of henna tattoos. The design elements vary across the countries and are usually similar to the tattoo patterns. Be it any quirky patterns, or word patterns, it depends on the place.
Moroccan mehendi designs highly remind you of the tribal designs. It features tribal patterns and symbols and is very simple. Another feature of Moroccan mehendi designs is that they don’t have any feminine designs in them, therefore it suits men. Therefore, all grooms, there you go, enjoy your mehendi ceremony!
A unique and interesting fusion is the Indo-Western mehendi designs. Elegant yet quirky, elaborate yet simple, basically we have no words to describe the beauty of this design.
The mehendi ceremony is performed two or three days before the wedding. The bride gets the mehendi from the groom’s side and he is made to add the first dot of the mehendi on the bride's hand (imagine the rush of teasing comments that makes the couple blush!)
Later the task of mehendi is transferred to the professional mehendi artists called for the day. The mehendi artists are usually accompanied by their assistants and then they create their magic on the bride’s family and friends’ hand.
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In most weddings, the mehendi ceremony and sangeet ceremony is held on the same day. While the ceremony continues, the fun begins with dance, songs, games, and live food counters. The bride later enters with swag to steal the dance floor. Most of the time, she will be accompanied by the groom as well.
Words fall short to express how beautiful a lehenga is. Explore a wide range of colours and designs with this wonderous outfit and walk your way towards being the awe-inspiring bride.
Wishing for a comfortable outfit without compromising your bride-y look? Look for those knee-length lehengas which are grand enough to make you look dazzling as well as comfortable for the mehendi ceremony.
Not comfortable with a knee-length outfit? Lehenga seems too grand? Fret not. Here comes the kurta-palazzo to make you look both traditional and trendy!
Patiala with short kurta
For all those badass brides, here is your badass outfit. Be a Punjabi kudi with the patiala or a tomboy with your choice of the short kurta.
A gown is a perfect outfit for you if you wish to wear something which is neither grand nor too simple. Gowns give that elegance with a subtle element of richness.
For the groom
For all those grooms, who wish to dance crazy at your wedding, go for this outfit. It is comfortable and makes you look dashing as well.
Grooms who just want good looks, good looks, and good looks, this is your outfit. Pick a sherwani that suits the colour theme of your mehendi ceremony and you are all set to go!
If you wish to have something similar to sherwani but not so grand, then achkan is the best outfit for you. The flare, trim, and fit that these outfits have is perfect for that masculine look!
Kurta with Nehru jacket
Bored of waistcoats? Okay, opt for the Nehru jackets. The advantage of Nehru jackets is that they come in different designs, and are more casual compared to the waistcoats.
Suit with Chino short
Have a beach-themed mehendi ceremony? Ignore the above outfits and choose this as it’s perfect for beach wedding ceremonies. It’s quirky and romantic just like the place!
Mehendi ceremony is performed to prepare the bride and groom for their next stage. It is performed to calm their mind and cool their body. The venue should go according to the meaning of the ceremony. What is better than an outdoor wedding venue? However, make sure the wedding venue provider has a backup option in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with you.
If you have a backyard and fewer guests, you can have the ceremony in your own backyard! It is easy to clean as the ceremony involves no or fewer chemicals. You can explore various plastic-free decor options as well, therefore, being eco-friendly.
Don’t have a backyard? Don’t worry, you can arrange the mehendi ceremony on your terrace. Again here, it is easy to clean and can explore various decor options as well. One thing to keep in mind is to be careful as the terrace is high above the ground and there would be a lot of kids gathered in the ceremony.
Not interested in the above options? No problem, you can choose a resort for your mehendi ceremony. A friendly suggestion is to check out for some themed resorts to make your mehendi ceremony more interesting.
For all those dreamy couples, here is your perfect mehendi ceremony venue. Have your bags packed and head to the beach to enjoy the breeze whilst getting calm with the mehendi! Double bonus, right?
The weather not supporting your mehendi ceremony? Okay, you can always choose a banquet hall to have the ceremony. The best choice is to choose the wedding venue for both your wedding as well as the mehendi ceremony to get some discounts from the venue.
Flowers have always been an integral part of wedding decoration. Vivid colours, fresh fragrance always cheer the mood and get us into the vibe of celebration.
Bored with flowers? Opt for satin drapes. These drapes give the perfect wedding decor with minimal effort. Just hang it behind the stage or around the mehendi venue and watch the magic happen by itself.
This decor suits perfectly for the backyard or garden venue. You can pick some trendy-designed pinwheels and bright coloured bangles and hang it on the branches of all the trees.
Baithak style furniture is similar to a sofa but with less height. It is perfect for the mehendi ceremony as people need to sit for a longer time for the mehendi. Also, Baithak-style decor gives a brighter look compared to the normal chair assembly.
Add some quirky notes on a blackboard for the bride, her family, or something related to the mehendi ceremony. Let this be a surprise to the guests! Make sure to capture the look of the wedding guests with the best photographer in town.
If you have planned a mehendi ceremony in the evening, lights are the best deals for the mehendi ceremony decor. Be it outdoor or indoor, place the lights in a different style. Be it the serial lights, fairy lights, or lamps, they sure will make your mehendi ceremony venue look grand.
Kathputils or puppets from Rajasthan are a perfect decor option if you are bored with the conventional decor ideas. Just hang it around the venue and near the stage.
The DIY decor is highly on-demand as everyone wants to show their decorating skills. Also, you’ll get to spend more time with your friends and relatives as you’ll be preparing the decor items by yourselves. You can experiment with any old items present in your home like an old wine glass, ceramic plates, jars, etc..
Mehendi Hai Rachne Wali - Zubeidaa
Gal Mitthi Mitthi - Aisha
Sadi Gali - Tanu Weds Manu
Barsi Barsi - Band Baaja Baarat
Lakk Mera hit - Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety
Mehendi Lagake Rachna - DDLJ
Sajjan Ke Ghar Jaana - Lajja
Radha - Student Of The Year
Banno - Tanu Weds Manu Returns
London Thumakda - Queen
Maahi Ve - Kal Ho Na Ho
Sasural Genda Phool - Delhi 6
Ainvayi Ainvayi - Band Baaja Baarat
Morni Banke - Badhaai Ho
Gudiya Re Gudiya - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Gallan Goodiyaan - Dil Dhadakne Do
Dil Chori - Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety
Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan - Roy
Nagada - Jab We Met
Nagada Sang - Ram Leela
Punjabi Wedding Song - Hasee Toh Phasee
Sajh Dhaj Ke - Mausam
Kajra Re - Bunty Aur Babli
Milegi Milegi - Stree
Navrai Majhi - English Vinglish
Antakshari never gets old and is definitely one of the wedding ceremony games. While you’re getting your mehendi, you are supposed to sit. During this time, antakshari is the best game to play.
Assemble around in a circle, start the music and pass the pillow. Stop the music and whoever has the pillow needs to perform a task. Want to make it more fun? Have a list of tasks hidden in chits. Let the person pick a random one and he or she is bound to do that task. This game can be usually played before applying the mehendi.
Have some large Jenga at your mehendi ceremony and let the guests arrange them. It sure gives some competitive vibes and a lot of LOL and ROFL moments!
We can’t ignore the kids here, right? Have a play area dedicated to them, so that they won’t get bored and elders get to enjoy as well.
Now, this is interesting. Ask the bride and groom to sit facing against each other. Let them hold one of his and her footwear. Ask anybody to fire them with questions. It’s the best way to know about how much the couple knows about each other.
Have a golgappa counter at your wedding and ask people to have the golgappa competition. The best way to find out the champion and to eat heartful of golgappas (please don’t blame us for the after-effects!)
This game never gets boring and it always increases our enthusiasm. Have your family play this game and give the winner a gift or a surprise task!
Again, if you are sitting for your mehendi, you can play this game. You can include any movie names, show names, etc..
It is a wedding ceremony and you would have booked a wedding caterer to prepare a formal mehendi ceremony meal. However, what makes the ceremony more interesting? It’s the kind of meal served. Here’s something to help you out:
Have some fresh fruit juice counters so that the guests can refresh with some healthy drinks.
You can have a live salad counter with some 15-20 ingredients present. People can choose and prepare their own salad. Don’t forget to include sauces.
Is an Indian wedding ceremony ever complete without chaats? Have some lip-smacking chaats and dedicate a counter for it. You can see the kids waiting in a queue there!
The reason why we mentioned the golgappa counter separately is because of its high demand. Also, remember the competition?
Dosa has evolved over time. From masala dosa to over 99 varieties, it still gives us that soul-satisfying feel. This makes it worth having a counter at your mehendi ceremony.
Want to try something different? Have a counter dedicated to dimsums. Hot hot dimsums served with spicy chutneys is definitely a must for your mehendi ceremony if you want a different cuisine.
Tandoori counters never fail to impress you. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, we feel it deserves a place at your mehendi ceremony.
How can we forget desserts? Remember those cute little pastries you find at any barbeque-themed restaurants? Imagine those present at your mehendi ceremony. Apart from them, imagine Indian desserts like rasgulla, jamun, etc.. Mouth-watering, right?
After a heavy meal, what next? Paan! Have a paan counter to have a sweet ending to your meal!
In some cases, the mehendi ceremony is held for both the bride and groom’s family in the same place. This is the right time to have some cute couple poses. Show your creativity and explore different poses. Hire the best photographer to create the magic!
Poses with the elderly members of your family. Have your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.. to pose with you. Ask them to show their creativity here. Need photographers? We have some of the best photographers who would not just click photos but click memories!
Siblings or cousins are part of the family, but they need special mention when it comes to mehendi ceremony photography. Your crazy bond with them makes it super-amazing for the photos. Go on, show some craziness!
This is so obvious and it is highly unfair if we don’t mention this. Get the ‘making of your mehendi’ snaps, ‘halfway done’ snaps, and ‘my mehendi!!’ snaps.
It’s your mehendi ceremony, so you do deserve some swag. Therefore, explore and have some swag poses. You can include your family members if you feel so.
When you’re dressed so beautifully, show that elegance by giving some ‘sanskari’ poses like holding your dupatta above your head, etc..
Have pets? Don’t let them miss the fun. Have a photoshoot with them and see how the photos suddenly turn paw-dorable!
We don’t have to say anything here, because you’ve already planned for this, so yeah! Nothing to say!
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After all these photo sessions, do you think your bridesmaids will spare you if you don’t get some snaps with them? Have some quirky, cute, naughty, funny, etc.. poses with them!
Have a mehendi-themed photo booth at your mehendi ceremony. Have a hashtag mentioned there and let your guests use that hashtag when they post the photos on Social media. This way, you’ll have extra photos to add to your memories’ list.
Wash your hands with soap and dry it with a towel properly before applying the mehendi.
Don’t apply any cream or moisturizer after washing your hands.
Apply eucalyptus oil on your hands before applying the mehendi.
Allow mehendi to dry itself and do not blow dry.
Let it stay for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours or overnight. This will allow the colour to be fully absorbed.
While the mehendi is slightly dry, apply a mixture of lemon and sugar. Dab it with cotton and repeat it for 3 to 4 times. This makes the mehendi dark.
Make sure you aren’t using too much lemon, as it may lighten the mehendi.
After you’ve left it overnight or 8 to 10 hours, scrape it instead of washing. Washing with water might result in the colour depletion.
After scraping, apply vicks/mustard oil/coconut oil for enhanced darkness.
Usually, the mehendi gets darker after a day of removing it, so plan the mehendi ceremony 2 days before the wedding. Therefore, on the wedding day, you’ll have the darkest mehendi on your hand!
Avoid waxing or shaving or any salon treatment immediately after applying mehendi. This may result in washing the top layer of the mehendi. It is ideal to finish all your beauty salon treatments like waxing, shaving, exfoliating, etc., at the beauty salon before the mehendi ceremony.
This is all about the very amusing mehendi ceremony. Sometimes, the tradition followed by our ancestors is so pure and perfect that no matter how many generations pass on, the ceremony will have the same charm and people will have the same excitement. The mehendi ceremony falls under one of those beautiful ceremonies.
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