About the Event
What exactly is a Mehndi party?
Mehndi-or mehendi or henna-is an ancient form of body art, originating in India and across South Asia and the Middle East. A Mehndi party is the pre-wedding celebration in Hindu culture when the bride has the red-orange mehndi "stain" applied to her palms, back of hands, and feet. Typically held the day before the wedding, the event often has a lounge feel, with colorful pillows, decorations, and most importantly music.
Mehndi isn't just for style
There's a reason the party occurs so close to the ceremony: Tradition says the deeper the color of the bride's mehndi, the happier the bride and groom's marriage will be. Designs symbolize various blessings, luck, joy, and love, adding that the groom's name is usually hidden somewhere in the intricate patterns.
The guest list is total girl power
As far as wedding celebrations go, the Mehndi party has the most girl power. Customarily, only women-on both sides of the aisle-attend: mothers, bridesmaids, future sisters-in-law, and other close family members and friends.
Keep the black dress in your closet
If you're getting mehndi, here are some fashion tips: Wear short sleeves so your hands are exposed, make sure you're comfortable because you'll have to sit for a long period. And leave the earth tones at home. Don't wear your favorite little black dress!. For non-Indian guests who may not have a sari or lehenga, mix and match as much color as you can to make a statement as bright colors are encouraged. Do not forget to accessorize, either. Jewelry is very important to the Indian culture for this event, so remember to go all out.
Put on your dancing shoes
Because Mehndi application can take a long time, entertainment is a must. There's generally Indian music and dancing, and, traditionally, you could be part of that entertainment. Show up in a festive mood, ready to party, sing and dance. It is often the 'job' of the guests to perform short skits, and dances to keep the bride entertained.
Don't worry about a gift
In fact, you're likely to leave the Mehndi party with a gift yourself. No gift is needed, as the bride will have favors for you! These may include things like colorful dupattas, perfume bottles, small beaded bags, and, of course, bangles!
You'll eat food from the heart
Food is extremely important. Dishes represent what both families love, adding that the bride often highlights her favorite foods growing up. Traditional Indian food is always the name of the game with finger foods to fit with the "lounge" feel of the party.