Mehandi and its tryst with Indian Weddings
The Beauty Of Mehndi During Weddings!
“Mehndi adorns the hands and life takes a new color!”
The Hindu women believe that Mehndi is a blessing. For any auspicious function, they apply the Mehndi to show their love, joy, and celebration. Every Hindu Wedding has an extravagant Mehndi Ceremony for the Bride and the guests to apply the Mehndi.
The Bride applies the Mehndi that tells a story. Yes, in Gujaratis and Marwaris the Bridal Mehndi is not just Mehndi but it has a story behind the design. The entire Wedding is written through the Mehndi that is drawn on the Bride’s hand. Figures like Ganeshji depicts that the wedding is done with the blessing of Lord Ganesha. The groom and the bride image depicts the bond of the two souls that will be one. The Tabla, Shehnai, depicts the celebration of the wedding. The Doli depicts that the Bride sits on it and goes to her new place which she has to take care of. Isn’t this a beauty? While applying the Mehndi, the other women sing Mehndi related songs and add charm to the function.
Without music and dance, none of the functions are complete. So, with Mehndi ceremony, the bridesmaids and the family members perform a few dances to uplift the celebration. With tabla being played, and Punjabi mehndi songs are played, the guests dance together and make the entire function overwhelming. There is absolutely no fun if there’s no music and dance, so the next mehndi ceremony put on the music, and get the guests dancing!
Bridal Mehndi is once a living thing, so why not capture it? While the bride is applying the mehndi the photographers capture these precious mehndi moments. The shy and the blush on the bride’s face, the happiness and a bit of sadness on the Father’s face knowing that her little princess will be gone soon, the mother’s love, the celebrations by the bridesmaids and the guests. Be it a Hindu Wedding or a Traditional Mulsim Wedding, the wedding photographer will capture the beautiful shots of the Mehndi once applied and also once the mehndi adds colors to the bride’s hands. They say the darker the color, the pure the love of the two souls is.
How is the Mehndi Ceremony performed?
A day before the Wedding, the Mehndi ceremony is scheduled. A mehndi artist is booked well in advance both for the bride and the guests. The bride applies the mehndi in both her hands and her feet, as this is the sign of a true bride and she is coloring herself red with the color of the Mehndi. The Mehndi that is applied on the bride’s hand is sent from the groom's end, where the Henna is scrubbed and made into a paste that can be applied. After applying the mehndi, the bride leaves it till sunset or up till next day for the color to rise to the darkest possible.
Types of Mehndi:
● The Bridal Mehndi is one type that is applied to the Bride only as it has a story to tell!
● The Bombay Mehndi design is drawing intricate fine arts design pattern in the hands of the guest or close family members.
● The Arabic Mehndi Design is a basic design that gives the conventional edge to the hands of the guest.
The wedding season is here, let the mehndi ceremony do wonder with the best mehndi artist, music, food, and guests! The essential thing that one should not miss out on is, allowing the wedding photographer capture the best moments of the Bridal Mehndi shots and the other moments of celebration during the mehndi ceremony.