The Mehendi ceremony is one of the key parts of many South Asian weddings. It precedes nearly every other major event in typically multi-day nuptial festivals and is arguably the most relaxed. Compared to the intensity of sangeet (usually a Hindu event) and the reception, and the emotional heights of the ceremony, it’s subtle yet joyful.
The Mehendi ceremony offers an opportunity for the bride and close guests to gather as the traditional stain is applied. In the Hindu tradition, it’s usually just the bride and close women who participate, with the groom also sometimes being involved. In contemporary weddings, the choice of who can attend a Mehendi ceremony is far more open.
Mehendi isn’t usually the largest celebration of the events by a long shot, but it still calls for special preparation. Lashkaraa has gathered below six essentials for the perfect bridal Mehendi ceremony.
Your Mehendi ceremony does not need a named theme, but a running theme should go with the decor. As with any celebration, bright, bold colors are always acceptable. You may also consider choosing colors to match the henna dye or traditional green dresses worn during the ceremonies.
Rich, earthy colors make for excellent decor. Floral designs reflect the leaves used to create henna. You should also try to ensure that there is plenty of seating, as lots of time will be spent getting Mehendi applied and waiting for it to dry. You want to be comfortable throughout the whole experience.
No celebration is complete without music! Many will opt to have live singers or bands performing. You may make specific requests for them to prepare favorite songs in advance or for special moments throughout the night.
You may even have karaoke set up so that the bolder singers among you can perform. This is a fantastic way to get everyone to loosen up and enjoy the celebration as much as possible.
In lieu of live music, you could also make a playlist. This can be a way to cater to a greater variety of tastes and get your guests involved. Set up a Whatsapp chat or group chat on your socials to create the ultimate collaborative playlist. Invite your bridal party, family, or friends to add in their favorite songs.
If you are the bride, you should assign a bridesmaid or trusted friend to be in charge of the playlist during the ceremony itself. This way, you won’t have to be on your phone. Your bridesmaid will also be able to edit the playlist during the event to match the response: If a particular artist gets a huge response, queue up a few more of their songs!
3. Mehendi Accessories
The most essential part of the Mehendi ceremony is, of course, the Mehendi itself. However, henna is often an integral part of a Mehendi ceremony as well. Getting gorgeous henna art from a friend or local artist can elevate your Mehendi celebration for everyone in attendance.
Depending on experience level, you may have a family member or friend who is skilled at applying henna. Alternately, many major cities have practicing henna artists readily available.
Make sure guests have exposed hands and legwear that allows application if desired. You can indicate this on your invitations or mention it in a group chat. That way, your bridal party, friends, and family will be able to take part in the henna application.
The Mehendi ceremony isn’t the time to be giving the bride gifts — that’s what the wedding and reception are for. Instead, the Mehendi ceremony can be a wonderful time to give out favors to the guests. Because these ceremonies are more intimate than other parts of the celebration, it can be easier to give personalized favors.
Commemorative glassware, candies, candles, small plants, and jewelry all make for exciting party favors. If you have a destination wedding, you may want to give something localized to highlight the event. Depending on the budget and how intimate your Mehendi ceremony is, you may even want to personalize it for the guest.
Traditional bridal mehndi is placed on the arms and lower legs. To this end, you’ll want to adjust the jewelry you wear to the ceremony. Avoid rings, wristlets, and other pieces that may interfere with the application and drying of henna. Traditional Indian jewelry is stunning and can elevate even the most sparkling attire.
One of the most important elements in a Mehendi ceremony is the clothing the bride chooses to wear. Lehenga is a usual choice since it provides easy access to arms and legs alike. Green is a particularly popular color, too, thanks to the rich contrast it gives to the earthy ink.
Lashkaraa will next be highlighting a few dresses to make any Mehendi ceremony exceptional:
Dark Green and Gold Embroidered Lehenga
The Dark Green and Gold Embroidered Lehenga is first on our list, showcasing an elaborate silhouette and raised crop choli. This lehenga comes in both stitched and unstitched versions. It is made in India and hand-inspected for quality (as all of our garments are).
The choli features foliage vine embroidery, a zig-zag-shaped hem, and sheer arms. The arms feature metallic embroidery highlighting zari, sequins, and thread work. The lehenga, by comparison, delights through a wide variety of patterns.
Interwoven floral and foliage give way to paisley, which gives way to exquisite motifs that grow in complexity. All this is embroidered onto a net lehenga. Contrastingly straight lines of metallic embroidery and a wave-patterned hem define the contrast of the dupatta. All these elements come together to create a classy and glimmering lehenga with a hint of glamor.
For those searching for brighter colors and more overt florals, we have the next design:
Green and Red Organza Lehenga
A saturated green body and richly-colored floral bouquets come together to form the Green and Red Organza Lehenga. An organza blouse and lehenga are both supported by a santoon inner.
The print on the organza is what makes the piece a dream:
The blouse features a single bouquet in varying shades of green, red, orange, and yellow on the front. These are replicated many times over on the lehenga. The end result is a light, lush piece evocative of spring and new beginnings. Adding a bit of bold contrast to the piece is the dupatta.
The dupatta is made of georgette and utterly coated in embroidered sequins. This provides a dash of glimmer to an otherwise matter dress, offering a bold highlight. The fact that this lehenga is totally sleeveless makes the application of intricate Mehendi a breeze.
Green Heavy Embroidered Velvet Lehenga
Classy and understated bliss is made manifest through our Green Heavy Embroidered Velvet Lehenga. The choli and lehenga are both made of dark, forest-green velvet, saturated enough to almost be mistaken for black. Green, pink, and brass-colored rose flower embroidery create a touch of contrast and highlight its distinction.
The floral motif is tightly woven across the sleeveless choli, which also features a dangling fringe. The fringe carries over to the net dupatta, whose light color contrasts with the matte of velvet.
In addition to floral motifs, elaborate embellishments form a metallic hem on the lehenga. Taken together, it creates a lehenga choli that balances elegance and a free-spirited joy.
Emerald Green Heavy Embroidered Net Lehenga
Looking for a Mehendi ceremony outfit with sleeves? The Emerald Green Heavy Embroidered Net Lehenga best showcases henna that graces the hands.
A net top and bottom provide the perfect canvas for embroidery, structured and supported by a santoon inner. Sequin, zari, and stonework are equally eye-catching on the top and bottom. Color-contrasting gold-metallic and shine-enhancing emerald green are inherently celebratory.
This style is repeated in the dupatta. Here, a net body is lined with a glimmering worked hem and precisely measured sprays of sequins. The end result is a piece whose overarching ensemble is a deep green, providing maximum contrast to the deep Mehendi.
An Event To Remember
Countless hours of prep work go into every aspect of a wedding.
After the days of ceremonies and celebrations have come to an end, you’ll want to have every moment documented. A photographer or videographer can preserve your most important moments for generations. With this last touch, your Mehendi ceremony will be complete.
For the best possible Mehendi ceremony, you’ll need an outfit that you love. We’re here to help you find a luxurious Lehenga and accessories that perfectly match your personality and the big day you’re celebrating.