PLANNING THE MEHNDI PARTY
The Mehndi party is
held the night before the wedding. Traditionally, it is held in
the home of the bride and only includes women from the bride's
side. It is a fun and relaxing evening for the bride to spend
with her closest friends and relatives. The evening is spent
applying mehndi (henna) designs to the bride's hands, feet and
anywhere else! Friends and family may also have some mehndi.
While applications are being done their may be music, dance and
other entertainment for the guests.
The Bride's family usually hosts and pays for this event. They
may wish to hire a professional to apply the Mehndi / Mehendi.
If there are a large number of guests, it is a good idea to have
more than one person applying the mehndi. As well, the bride's
family may wish to prepare or cater a few dishes or snacks for
the guests, to choose some music or entertainment and to have
ready gifts or trinkets to hand out at the end of the evening.
Ideas & Tips
The Mehndi should be a relaxing evening. Here's how to keep it
Try to have all the wedding preparations complete for the next
day. That way, everyone will be able to focus on each other and
enjoy the festivities.
Those who are getting mehndi (especially the bride) might wear
clothing that is easy to remove without ruining the designs.
Choose some designs ahead of time and show them to the person
who is applying your mehandi. Select a design that suits your
taste! Make it as simple or heavy as you desire and match it to
the cut of your outfits. For example, if your blouse has a deep
back, apply a motif on your upper back.
In addition to your hands and feet, mehndi may be applied on
your arms, back or wrists. Be creative!
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