Indian Bridal Mehndi Designs: Their Substance in Indian Weddings

 Bridal Mehndi Designs

Mehndi not only adore the bride’s beautiful hands, but also form a significant ritual of North Indian marriages. Nonetheless the Indian bridal mehndi designs have also been widely followed by other parts of India for weddings and other occasions. Taking this opportunity I offer you some inspiring bridal henna designs. Read on and stay inspired!

These days, the artists are maintaining a symmetry, which you can find it in all the available designs. Whether it’s the peacock motif, the ‘shehnai or the doli’ designs, they are drawn symmetrically on both the hands. The Rajasthani designs apart from the Arabic styles are widely used on bride’s hands. The elaborate patterns, flanked by gota and tabla designs, make a perfect setting on the hands.

The significance of mehndi in Indian marriages

The Mehndi ki Raat is celebrated a day before the wedding. In the presence of family members, relatives and friends especially women, mehndi artist puts mehndi on bride’s hands, amidst songs and music. This henna putting ceremony entails an elaborate design (Rajasthani or Arabic), and it takes a couple of hours for applying over the hands and feet of the bride.

significance of mehndi in Indian marriages


Apart from the bride, the bridesmaid and other females present there also apply henna on each other hands.

In case of bridegroom, a small amount of henna is put on his palm as a mark of good omen. Indians consider this ceremony to be very auspicious and in Hindu and Muslim customs, it is widely believed that the henna strengthens the bond between the wedded couple. It is also believed that the darker the color of the henna is, the deeper the husband’s love for his wife is.

Considered as a ‘shagun’, mehndi also strengthens bond between the two families.

mehndi in Indian marriages


Here are some factors related with this Indian bridal mehndi –

  • As I have already mentioned, the darker the color of the henna is, the deeper the husband’s love for his wife is
  • The color of the henna appeared on the palm also depicts the love and understanding between the bride and her mother-in-law
  • The longer the color of the mehendi is retained on the hands and palms; it is believed to be more auspicious for the newlyweds
  • Mehndi is also deemed to be a symbolic representation of fertility

Some fun facts about bridal henna

The bridal mehndi design also includes the hidden inscription of the groom’s name on bride’s palm. It is believed that if the groom fails to find his name within the elaborate patterns then bride will be dominant in conjugal life. In some parts of India, the groom who fails is not allowed for the wedding night, until he has found his name in the design.

bridal henna


The evolution of Indian bridal mehndi

The traditional bridal henna has evolved over the years. In bygone era, the bride’s palms were only adorned with a huge circle made of henna, followed by filling of the finger tips. But with the influence of Rajasthani art and with the invading of Mughals in India, the Arabic designs eventually found their place in bridal henna designs.

Indian bridal mehndi


Today, the designs have become more elaborate and decorative with creative patterns of floral and leaf motifs. In order to mark the occasion, the expert mehndi artist also creates the motifs of Indian weddings including shehnai, tabla, doli etc.

The henna is now also applied with glitters, sparkles, sequins and crystals to add more drama to the bride’s hands. The mehndi patterns are not less than any intricate art or painting, as artists make sure to fill up the motif-inspired patterns with intricate varied designs, which usually start with a peacock design.

bridal mehndi


The Indian bridal mehndi designs have found place in western fashion as well. Unlike our traditional fashion, the western fashionista are finding the henna tattoo as a fabulous way of creating style statement.

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