The Mehndi night is an important pre-wedding event for an Asian bride. The bride has a motley group of friends, relatives and family for a memorable evening. When a young girl fantasizes of her prince charming, she also dreams of wearing the most stunning bridal ensemble and gorgeous mehndi design on her hands and feet. The feeling of getting married sets in on the mehndi night when the mehndi artist works on intricate designs. She asks for the groom’s initials and then deftly she embeds his name in the leitmotif. The feelings sink in, the girl who is blossoming into a woman and shall leave her maternal home as a wife.
Knowing the importance of this pre-wedding event, there are different kinds of bridal mehndi designs. The 5000 year old Indian tradition has evolved from a simple large dot of mehndi paste in the middle of the palms to elaborate mehndi designs for hands and feet. Today the designs also include glitter adding to the deep hues of the cool art work. Auspicious mango leaves, scenes of a wedding procession, checks, creepers, peacock, fish, doli, all are woven on the live human canvas, drawing appreciation for days after it has been applied.
New brides draw inspiration from traditional Indian mehndi designs, Pakistani mehndi designs and Arabic mehndi designs that have adorned generations. While the tradition continues, its modern avatar has added glitter too. Young girls like to wear similar patterns that celebrities have done for their weddings. Expert mehndi professionals are flown overseas for many weddings.