How to dazzle at your friend’s Mehendi?


It’s the season of weddings. And Indian weddings with their weeklong celebrations, lavish parties, scrumptious foods, songs and dance, eye-catching outfits and heavy jewellery, and brouhaha are a fun affair. There are several important pre-wedding customs that run up to the Big Day, however, mehendi particularly stands out for the opportunity of fun and entertainment it offers.

Being the bride’s friend, you will be an integral part of all the wedding celebrations and also the cynosure of all eyes (after the bride, of course J), hence it’s important you show up dressed meticulously in each of the ceremonies. Here’s an exhaustive guide to how to dress up for your friend’s Mehendi:

Costume: You will have several occasions to wear heavy silk and brocaded outfits in the various wedding parties. Hence, for a mehendi party, keep your outfit light, breezy and comfortable. A floor length Anarkali with palazzo or slim pants or a long choli lehenga is ideal for the occasion. 

Even if there is a theme, just remember to wear something that doesn’t stifle you or weigh you down and provides you ample room. Pin up your dupatta, if you are wearing one, so it doesn’t slip and spoil your mehendi.

Jewellery: Heavy jewellery is totally out of the question for a mehendi party; save it for the wedding reception instead. Big swinging chandbalis look beautiful with traditional outfits, so do kundan and diamond earrings. Pearls are ideal for such occasions, they give a dressy look without being pretentious.

These Traditional earrings in polki diamonds, coloured stones and minakari will definitely draw all eyes to you.

Instead of a heavy neckpiece, opt for a pendant on a chain or a string of stones or pearls. They look appropriate and chic.

This diamond pendant with pearl placed in the center is an attractive option. Wear it on a gold chain and let it talk for itself.

You may not want to wear bangles as they will rub against your mehendi, so opt for a bajuband. And the same goes for rings. 

Hair style: A mehendi party is a fun affair, hence you might feel like leaving your long tresses loose. We advise you against it. If it’s a pool or beach side party, you are bound to perspire in the sun, which will make your hair stick to your nape or if it’s windy, it will fall in your eyes; both are equally irritating and can spoil the fun. The best thing will be to tie up your hair in a French plait. You can even opt for a loose messy bun which is quite popular these days. Add a rhinestone hair clip, a tiara, a flower or accessorize your bun with a veni of sweet smelling jasmines.

Bag and Footwear: High heels sure add an extra oomph to your outfit, but they can be a tad uncomfortable if there’s a sangeet party along with it and you are required to shake a leg or two. Wear mojdis, they come in various colours, embroideries and motifs, and lend a festive look to your outfit. You can even wear stone-studded low-heeled sandals or flat sandals in metallic colours, which will help you while running around for little chores for your bride friend.

Avoid carrying a clutch or something that needs to be held under your arms. Not only it can spoil your mehendi, but can also ruin your look. Opt for a sling purse that can swing down from your shoulder, and your hennaed hands are free to be admired by all and sundry.

Makeup: A mehendi party is usually held during the day or late afternoon. Hence, it calls for a light make up. Opt for eye-pleasing shades of rose, peach and lavender if you are wearing a multi-colored outfit. For a costume in white, beige and cream, go for slightly bold colours. And if you are not much into makeup, a simple winged eyeliner, some mascara and a lip gloss should do wonders for your look. Oh, and before we forget, book an appointment for a manicure-pedicure before the mehendi party. You do want to put your best foot (and hands too) forward, don’t you?

Dress up and flaunt in style!!!

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