mehndiIndia is a country rich in history and tradition. They have traditions that date hundred years ago but still widely practiced by both men and women, one of this and considered as the oldest Indian traditions is the application of mehndi, a traditional art of body painting applied on the hands before the wedding. Mehndi also written as mendhi, mehendi, mehandi and myriad of other spellings is the highest form of body art.

Mehndi also pronounced, as meh-hen-di is part of the pre-wedding ceremony in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Middle East. In India, applying mehndi on the hands, feet and back is an important tradition, and this is called “Mehendi ki raat”, an Indian version of bridal shower. This tradition is still observed because of its significance to the bride and groom. The ceremony of applying mehandi or mehndi to the bride is an elaborate event while, for the groom, it is a sign of good omen. You can see each and every girl in the house also apply different intricate mehndi designs on their hand and feet.

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Importance of Mehndi

Mehndi symbolizes the “Bond of Matrimony” that is why, this ceremony considered as a shagun. Mehendi signifies the couple affection and love for each other and their families. In fact, according to popular beliefs the tradition of applying mehndi represents many things such as:

  • The colour of the mehndi represents the couple love for each other, the darker the color the deeper the love.
  • The mehndi colors also reflect the understanding and love between the mother in law and the bride.
  • Mehndi also symbolizes fertility
  • The life of the mehndi also has a meaning. Many people believed that the longer the henna retains its color the better for the couple.

By the way, mehndi medicinal properties are also the reason why couple observed the tradition. It is believed that the cooling effect of mehndi aids in soothing fevers, headaches, and wedding stress. Additionally, application of the henna paste can also protect a couple from viral infection and virus before the wedding.

Mehndi Ceremony

The ceremony for the mehndi application is a colourful and lively event. But of course, the tradition during the mehndi ceremony differs from family to family. The ceremony often held the day before the wedding and usually combined with the sangeet service. During the rite, the bride, her mother, and other family members (female only) all get a temporary tattoo of henna or more popularly known as mehndi on the hands and feet.

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Traditional mehndi ceremony in India…
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There are also feasting and dancing as the occasion also meant to bring two families closer especially for arranged marriage. Most importantly, the bridal mehndi designs should have the groom’s initial or name hidden somewhere in the brides hand. You see, the groom must find his name on her bride hands as part of the post wedding ceremony. This custom is an icebreaker for the newlyweds, a way to establish intimacy.

Latest Bridal Mehndi Design

Mehndi patterns have evolved with time as the mehndi designs today are more decorative and intricate. Come to think of it! There are more mehandi patterns these days unlike before, but the most popular are Arabic mehndi designs.

Some of the mehndi designs these also decorated with sparkles and crystals. These ornaments served as additional decoration for the hands, back, and feet to make them beautiful. Many brides also believed that the more complicated the design the better for their marriage as the mehndi brings many good things.

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Bridal Mehndi Designs for Hands

The mehndi design is just as beautiful as the bride-to-be…
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Bridal Mehndi Designs

Mehandi when applied and remove, resembles a permanent tattoo, but it is not permanent as mehndi only last for 2-3 week. For bridal mehndi designs the pattern extend to the elbow, sometimes it is even full hand. The color varies from red orange to brown black.

When choosing your bridal mehndi designs keep in mind that Indian designs are plain and simple, with peacock as the pattern while Arabic mehndi designs are flowery. Anyway, whether you choose Indian, Pakistani or Arabic mehandi for your wedding just remember that the bridal mehndi designs covers both the front and back of the hands.

Mehndi Designs for Wedding

Mehndi is a part of the wedding tradition in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries. If you are looking for a mehndi designs for your wedding, perhaps the mehndi designs I have collected from several websites can help you look even more beautiful on your wedding day. These bridal mehndi designs can absolutely give you inspiration.

Bridal Mehndi Designs for Hands

Pakistani, Indian, and other brides have a lot of choice when it comes to mehndi designs as there are many options today than before as you can see below.

Arabic Bridal Mehndi Designs

The prominent style of Arabic Mehndi designs a big hit to women. This is because they adore the Arabic pattern not just because the designs are inspired by culture and religion but also due to the use of black mehndi. Arabic mehndi designs are more beautiful and prominent as the outer lines highlighted by the black mehndi.

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Bridal Arabic Mehndi Designs

This arabic mehndi designs are detailed, the floral pattern is evident… the mehndi artist did a good job.

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Bridal Mehndi

This mehndi design is a bit complicated, require a great deal of practice.

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Bridal Mehandi Designs

The floral pattern is further highlighted by the black mehndi, overall the intricate design is suitable for a wedding. 

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Indian Mehndi Designs

Indian mehndi designs are clean and simple. Nevertheless, the patterns are beautiful and perfect for grand weddings.

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Indian Bridal Mehndi Designs

The bride hands becomes even more beautiful as the indian mehandi design compliment her dress and accessories. 

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Bridal Mehndi Images

I love the pattern, and the way it reveals the peacock. This is simply beautiful, perfect for a wedding. It suits the hand of the bride well. The small details are what make this design special. With this mehandi, you will be the talk of the town. 

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This is also another beautifully done mehndi design, very intricate. 

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Latest Bridal Mehndi Designs

This is a modern indian mehndi design and well done, it also compliments the bride dress. 

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Dulhan Mehndi Design

I love the peacock on this mehandi design, simple and well crafted.

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Pakistani Mehndi Designs

Pakistani mehndi designs are a combination of Indian and Arabic Mehndi, which takes the Pakistan designs to a new level. For Pakistani mehndi designs, the outlines usually filled with black mehndi while the rest of the design covered in Indian mehandi.

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Pakistani Bridal Mehndi Designs

This is a beautiful full hand pakistani mehndi designs for bride. The design reflects the custom and history of the pakistani bride. The sparkles and crystal perfect for this mehndi design.
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Full Hand Bridal Mehndi Designs

This pakistani mehndi design can suits anyone hands, very beautiful. I love the intricacy of the design. 
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Mehndi Designs Pakistani

Great design, i love the pattern and the color. 
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Pakistani Bridal Mehndi Designs For Hands 2013

Pakistani Mehndi Designs For Hands

This is a traditional pakistani mehndi design. The design is very elegant, you will definitely get your grooms attention.  

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