What is a Mehndi Party?
A Mehndi party is a pre-wedding celebration in Indian and Pakistani cultures where intricate henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and feet. The party is typically held a few days before the wedding ceremony and is attended by the bride’s female family members and friends. The application of mehndi, or henna, is considered to be a symbol of good luck and is thought to bring prosperity and happiness to the marriage. The event is often accompanied by music, dancing, and traditional foods.
How should you decorate your Mehndi Party?
You should first consider where guests will be getting their mehndi designs done. Make sure you have a table with two chairs with ample room for your mehndi artist to do their magic. As it can take up to 20 minutes per guest it’s important that a henna station is a comfortable place for your guests. Try and isolate the henna station from the rest of the room so the henna artist and guest are free from distractions which could lead to mistakes.
Try and incorporate as much colour into the room as possible, mehndi parties should be exciting and an abundance of colour is the easiest way to achieve this. Fabrics you may have already like scarves and saris can be draped around the room to give a more of an asian aesthetic to your room. To bring a more festive atmosphere you can use candles or lanterns which would also increase the brightness and bring warmth.
You could use your decorations to make a photo booth area where guests could either take selfies for themselves or you could have someone designated to on the day taking photos of guests. The photobooth could have a pile of props near by for your guests to make funny or interesting photos. Examples of props that you could use are bangles, saris, turbans.
Music for a Mehndi Party
There is no set rule on what sort of music should be played at a Mehndi party, generally the advice is to play your favourite songs which others are likely to enjoy as well. If you have a mixed crowd of varying ages from young kids to the elderly, try be conscious of this do a little bit of research to find out what each age range is likely to appreciate. You can’t go wrong with high energy bhangra or bollywood songs!