Mehndi – Why do we apply…

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In India, a wedding isn’t just one ‘big day’, it’s a series of celebrations that take place pre- and post-nuptials, and theMehendiparty is definitely one of the most exciting in the lineup. Once a custom only practised in certain communities of the country, mainstream cinema has made it an event in itself. The ceremony started out as a small get-together for the women of the household to have some time with the bride-to-be, applying henna to their hands in the lead up to the wedding. Though the thought behind it continues to remain the same, the festivities are likely to be held in a more lavish setting.
According to lore, the deeper the colour of the mehandi, the happier the marriage will be, which is why many brides take extra precautions to make sure that theirs comes out a lush deep brown. While most prefer traditional Indian motifs, bridal mehandi…

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Mehndi – Why do we apply…

In India, a wedding isn’t just one ‘big day’, it’s a series of celebrations that take place pre- and post-nuptials, and the Mehendi party is definitely one of the most exciting in the lineup. Once a custom only practised in certain communities of the country, mainstream cinema has made it an event in itself. The ceremony started out as a small get-together for the women of the household to have some time with the bride-to-be, applying henna to their hands in the lead up to the wedding. Though the thought behind it continues to remain the same, the festivities are likely to be held in a more lavish setting.
According to lore, the deeper the colour of the mehandi, the happier the marriage will be, which is why many brides take extra precautions to make sure that theirs comes out a lush deep brown. While most prefer traditional Indian motifs, bridal mehandi has evolved to adapt Arabic and Moroccan influences.

Celebrity brides who chose Indian mehandi designs
Deepika Padukone’s dreamy wedding in Lake Como, Italy had her sitting pretty in a pink Sabyasachi ensemble with a richly detailed Indian mehandi, while groom Ranveer Singh got his bride’s name on his palms too. Going for a more-is-more approach, her elaborate mehandi went all the way up to her elbows, and featured everything from paisleys, lotuses, peacocks and lace detailing, among other beautiful intricacies. A closer look at Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s mehandi shows traditional jaali and paisley floral designs. But the actor specifically asked her artist to weave in lotuses and elephants—motifs meaningful to her and Anand Ahuja. In fact, her red bridal lehenga also bore the floral motif and Anand sports a tattoo on his ring finger. For her wedding with Abhishek Bachchan back in April 2007, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opted for intricate Indian mehandi up till her forearm, as did Soha Ali Khan for her celebration in January 2015.


Indian mehandi 101
Nuanced, elaborate patterns mark Indian mehandi, where each design holds various blessings, luck, joy, and love. The groom’s name is also usually hidden somewhere in the intricate patterns. Auspicious symbols including lotus or paisleys, as well as animals and birds like elephants and peacocks are typically etched on the hands and legs. The motifs used are relevant to marriages, where flowers represent blossoming, mangoes express wisdom, elephants are synonymous to something that cannot be defeated and so on. These are interwoven with lace details and geometric lines to plug the gaps for an intricate artwork. Exquisitely stencilled illustrations of a groom or a king and his bride being incorporated on the palms makes a good option too.

When it comes to customising mehandi designs, the inspiration is endless. The fact that you can translate your imagination on your palm (or have someone else do it) is what makes this temporary art even more desirable. Remember how Priyanka Chopra got a guitar hennaed on the back of her hands as a nod to Nick Jonas’ profession? Brides can opt for statement design that goes all the way up to your forearms from the tips of your fingers, or just some detailed work till your wrist, there are endless options available to you.
Scroll through our gallery to check out the best Indian mehandi designs


Also read:8 ways to customise your mehandi design like celebrity brides
15 simple mehandi designs for the minimalist bride-to-be
Brides-to-be, have you chosen mehandi designs for your feet yet?

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I’ve sat down with a blog numerous times over the last few years, and every time I walk away from it after a few weeks of frivolous writing, curious topic searching, and countless hours of irritation on the behalf of my friends and family as they listen to me talk endlessly about all the ideas I have (none of which come to fruition). Doesn’t exactly bode well for an introductory post now, does it?

So why this time? Why is this time any different?

Frankly (my dear), it’s because I stopped giving a damn. I used to worry so much about what the world would think, or that if my blog didn’t have direction, purpose, an exact niche, this, that or the other, that it would no longer fall under the realm being “worth” anything to the internet. What’s the point of creating something if it doesn’t lend…

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