Of all the wedding traditions and practices, the most beloved one is the Mehndi ceremony. Mehndi is a henna paste that adorns the hands and feet of the bride, in beautiful and intricate designs; usually done with the help of an expert. What is the significance of this you may ask? It has actually been found that the application of mehndi has scientific benefits behind it. Henna is known for its cooling properties and is supposed to calm the bride’s nerves when applied to her hands and feet. Therefore it it important to select the right menhdi for you, and to help you we have short listed the top five thing to consider when choosing your mehdni.
The first thing to consider is who you chose as your mehndi artist. Each artist has a different style of applying the mehndi, so to ensure the style suits you, we recommend that you do your research. Make use of them instagram accounts and google images for inspiration. Find the design that is unique to you! There are many who can do Mehndi, but not every Mehndi artist can create designs that have thin and closely spaced lines. Those who can create sleek designs with minimal gaps are considered to be the best.
Quality Of Mehndi
The quality of the mehndi is an important factor to consider. You may have heard the saying: ‘The darker the mehndi the more your mother-in-law will love you’. Although this may be purely theoretical, it always helps to select the best of the best, after all, it is your wedding preparations! – so do anything possible to make your mehndi the darkest and most prettiest ever! We recommend that you test different henna artists and find out what type of henna your mehndi artist will be using. Try test patches a couple of months before, to avoid any harsh stains and find the ones perfect for you! Sometimes Mehndi can create allergic reactions, which is the last thing you would want on your wedding day. If you have an allergic reaction, you should completely avoid Mehndi and perhaps use Mehndi stickers instead.
The design of your Mehndi can alter the way you hand looks, for example, certain designs can either make your hand look broader or longer. If your hands are already thin and long, you can go with basically any design of your choice, however, we recommend designs with squares and geometric shapes. Alternatively, if your hands are a little broader, try to go for leafy designs, with longer shapes and figures to elongate your hand.
Mehndi on feet
It’s customary to get Mehndi applied on your feet. Some prefer to apply just a small design on the upper part of the feet, while others put Mehndi all the way up to their knee length. Wedding apparel tends to consist of long, heavy clothes that touch the ground when you walk. It will look beautiful and elegant when lift your lehanga high enough to give a glimpse of your Mehndi studded feet.
Mehndi for guests
The Mehndi ceremony is a traditional ritual. Mehndi should always be applied on the bride first, whilst, friends and family dance to celebrate the bride’s big day. You can add your own creative twist to the Mehndi night by organizing games, karaoke, best dressed awards, and so on. Only when the bride is finished, can friends and family get their Mehndi applied.
Apart from the important details mentioned above, remember to take note of the latest Mehndi designs. Make a list of songs for your wedding night and the fun and games for a night of pure entertainment. You can also add your partner’s name or initials to your Mehndi design if you want to play an interesting game with your partner later on. Be sure to hide it well!