I love the elegance and the beauty of Mehendi – right from the intricate designs to the fact that it stays on for so many days and is still temporary. Even the smell of mehendi excites me (mehendi is also an aphrodisiac, did you know?), so I take every change to admire beautiful mehendi. This post is all about Mehendi and some inspiring designs that I absolutely love.

Mehendi is normally applied on the hands, whether it is for festive events or for weddings. But to make weddings all that extra special, mehendi is also applied on the feet. In fact, in most communities in India, even the groom gets mehendi applied on his hands. In this post I have some beautiful bridal designs for mehendi that have caught my eye recently.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands

Almost all bridal mehendi on the hands tends to be very intricate patterns, but the length can sometimes vary. Some brides get their entire hand done up, right until the elbows while others might finish just after the wrists. The choice of the length is a matter of personal preference, but does have an impact on the visual appeal.

I personally like the longer version that usually extends until the elbows because I think it looks very classy and gives importance to the wedding ceremony. Until the wrists almost seems like “every-day” mehendi to me.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists

One more interesting fact about the mehendi on bride’s hands is that often the initials of the groom or even the entire name is written in code in the mehendi. And in some cases a blessing in the form of a mantra or a verse can be part of the mehendi like in this bride’s mehendi.

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Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Just like the hands, there are length variations for the feet as well. Unlike the hands where I like the more elaborate and longer version, I prefer the feet to be covered until the ankles. This is just a personal preference and nothing to do with the event.

Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns
Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns

Variations for the feet pattern are in the form of a completely filled out pair of feet or lightly spread out patterns. Patterns tend to be geometric and nature inspired in most cases with a lot of prominence given to floral shapes, arches and curves – I suspect because it looks pretty and pleasing to the eyes.

Mehendi until the ankles
Bridal Mehendi until the ankles of the bride

I have also noticed in a lot of the pictures and weddings that I have attended that sometimes nails tend to be painted but at other times not. This seems to be a personal preference to me – or if there are any mehendi experts out there, please comment – but I personally like the clean look of no paint on the nails. But in some cases, at least for a picture, some paint that matches the dress looks very stylish!

Mehendi for the hands and the feet
Mehendi for the hands and feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Pictures are from Mehndikalogie (http://mehndikalogie.com/).

 

Have you seen some inspiring designs that you can share? Please do share your thoughts and maybe send me the pictures, I’d love to see them!

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