Since its beginnings, mehndi (henna) has been associated with women's rites of passage, especially weddings. Even today, many brides in the Middle East and Southeast Asia wouldn't think of leaving off mehndi when they put on their bridal finery. Mehndi, in fact, is at its most complex and intricate in the dense, lace-like designs of Indian bridal work.
Many charming traditions are associated with mehndi. One practice involves hiding the groom's name or initials in the design. (Makes sense when you think of Arabic or Hindi!) On the wedding night, the groom must find his initials before intimacies can commence. Another tradition states that the deeper the mehndi stain, the more the groom will love the bride. Or, in very traditional societies, the more the mother-in-law will love the bride! An important consideration in cultures where the bride and groom live with the groom's parents.
Western brides are catching on, too. Some opt to go all out and wear Southeast Asian-style garb for nontraditional weddings. But mehndi can work with traditional Western white, too, as a touch of the exotic on an ankle or wrist ... or as a more private treat on the lower back or other location usually covered by wedding attire.
Mehndi can also be done with nontraditional materials such as glitter gels or color body paints. These don't stain the skin and, therefore, don't last as long as traditional mehndi ... but sometimes you want something very temporary! Glitters, gems and paint can substitute for traditional mehndi or can be added to traditional mehndi to coordinate with the wedding party's wardrobe.
Last but not least, mehndi is a terrific option for bridesmaids, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts ... any female guest! Many mehndi-using cultures host pre-wedding mehndi parties for women. In the West, many brides opt for a mehndi party in lieu of the usual club-hopping bachelorette party.
The ways you can include mehndi in your wedding plans -- whether you are a traditional bride or mixing it up -- are nearly endless.
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