Wedding outfit? Check! Makeup artist? Check! Henna artist? ...Uh Oh!
Popular Henna artist Inderpreet Jass, 'Mehndi by Indi' fame talks about why Bridal Henna is so special for Indian Brides and how it has evolved over the years. Read to find out more~
Yes, henna can often be forgotten when brides are preparing for their special day. On a fair few occasions, brides have asked for my henna services with just a week before their wedding. My advice to all you future brides is to shop for your henna artist, as you would your makeup artist.
Henna has changed vastly from the days of applying it with a tooth pick to the modern day cone application. As a little girl, I remember my hands being decorated in simplistic dots; a reminder of just how much henna art has progressed. Henna artists confidently bring their own uniqueness and style to their work- whether it’s from Indian to Arabic or to contemporary styles. So when it comes to brides choosing a henna artist they should begin exploring the style of work they like, analysing the designs, shapes, patterns and finally how the structure looks. It is best not to show henna designs from another artist to the one you have booked, essentially requesting them to imitate a similar design/ style. This can be very difficult for the henna artist, particularly if it is a design that is completely not their style of work.
Let's discuss the latest trend in bridal henna. So what is the latest trend? Well, there isn't one! This is the beauty of henna. If you look closely at the manner in which henna patterns are printed from different cultures, you'll notice that they vary, for instance Indian henna is very detailed with intricate patterns- the traditional look with peacocks and bride and groom figures carved within the patterns. If we examine Arabic henna patterns and styles, they consist of larger shapes and flowers with a shading effect.
As mentioned before there is no set trend in bridal henna, however in recent years designs incorporating a combination of Indian and Arabic styles have been the new fashion craze of henna. These include paisleys with intricate patterns and floral designs on the inner hands and forearm. Many brides are also going away from the traditional bridal henna, of hands being completely covered on both sides up to the elbows. The outer hands and feet are usually covered in slighter simpler designs, for instance henna strips. Chakras, the ancient style of henna (circle in the palm of the hands) have also been extremely popular this year! They are simple yet strikingly elegant and look fantastic. As they say less is more!
Brides seeking a more contemporary look should explore designs and styles using glitter and gems. Glitter can be applied alongside the henna, adding something extra special on the mehendi (henna) night or applied on the day of the wedding, adding glitz and glamour, giving a totally unique and modern look. Henna doesn't even have to be used. The whole design can even be applied in glitter which is great for the brides who don’t like henna.
Incorporating the embroidery design of the wedding outfit into the henna has also been a popular demand lately. It is important to find out if the henna artist is able to offer this service and to liaise with the artist, preferably a few weeks before the henna night. This gives enough time for the artist to sketch designs and discuss them with the bride.
For many cultures the mehendi night is an auspicious day part of the wedding. Henna on the hands will be captured forever in photographs. Bridal henna can also last between ten to twelve days (still imprinted on the bride during the honeymoon) which is why I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to research and choose the right henna artist for you.
A Bride's take:
"Indi was able to translate my thoughts into a work of art. She is super talented and I would highly recommend her for any occasion. From beginning to end she made me feel at ease and made my special day that extra special." - Ayisha