18 Sensational Henna Designs

18 Sensational Henna Designs

Among the most beautiful ornaments a bride can wear are the henna designs used in the Mehndi ceremony. Created by painting the hands, feet, or forehead with henna paste, the patterns and depictions are usually quite intricate and always beautiful. The paste is left on the skin until the dye sets deeply enough to leave a dark, rich red color, and it is said that the darker the color becomes the deeper the bride will be loved in her marriage.

The art form of Mehndi is deeply rooted in the Hindu and Muslim religions and the cultures of India, Africa, Pakistan and the Middle East, where it has been used for over 5,000 years to bring good luck to brides and to offer protection. 

Today we’re celebrating the Mehndi ceremony with 18 gorgeous henna designs all photographed by our talented members. Scroll down and discover this gorgeous art form in patterns ranging from simple to elaborate.

henna-hands-henna-arms-la-vie-photography
Photographed by La Vie Photography - San Juan Island, Washington  photographers
fastening-earring-with-henna-hands-alante-photography
Photographed by Alante Photography - Seattle, Washington photographers
henna-hands-adjust-bowtie-f5-photography
Photographed by f5 Photography - England, UK photographers
happy-bride-in-bright-green-pink-purple-sari-worlds-best-wedding-photos-sephi-bergerson-bengaluru-wedding-photographers
Photographed by SILK by Sephi Bergerson - Bengaluru, India photographers
indian-bride-emroidered-top-marigolds-worlds-best-wedding-photos-rimi-sen-bangalore-india-wedding-photographer
Photographed by Rimi Sen Photography - Bengaluru, India photographers
intricate-henna-design-on-brides-feet-worlds-best-wedding-photos-rimi-sen-bangalore-india-wedding-photographer
Photographed by Rimi Sen Photography - Bengaluru, India photographers
bride-with-henna-hands-embracing-groom-matei-horvath-photography
Photographed by Matei Horvath Photography - Los Angeles, California photographers
bride-with-jeweled-henna-hands-and-sparkling-veil-nat-wongsaroj-photography
Photographed by Nat Wongsaroj Photography - Washington, DC photographers
detail-of-hands-with-henna-and-jewelry-kenny-kim-photography
Photographed by Kenny Kim Photography - Chicago, Illinois photographers
glamorous-bride-head-and-hands-portrait-procopio-photography
Photographed by Procopio Photography - Washington, DC photographers
detail-of-hands-with-henna-and-jewelry-kenny-kim-photography
Photographed by Kenny Kim Photography - Chicago, Illinois photographers
glamorous-bride-head-and-hands-portrait-procopio-photography
Photographed by Procopio Photography - Washington, DC photographers
henna-hands-around-grooms-neck-viridian-images-photography
Photographed by Viridian Images - Atlanta, Georgia photographers
henna-on-hands-against-bejeweled-indian-dress-photo-by-anna-schmidt-photography
Photographed by Anna Schmidt Photography - Washington, DC photographers
indian-bride-looks-through-her-henna-hands-jozef-povazan-photography
Photographed by Povazan Photography - Canada photographers
indian-bride-portrait-miki-studios
Photographed by MIKI Studios - London, UK photographers
indian-bride-with-henna-and-beaded-bracelets-sara-france
Photographed by Sara France Photography - San Diego, California photographers
mendhi-hands-indian-jewelry-bride-wraps-hands-around-grooms-neck-best-wedding-photos-jerry-ghionis-top-las-vegas-photographer
Photographed by Jerry Ghionis Photography - Las Vegas, Nevada photographers

The deeply spiritual significance makes Mehndi something not to wear lightly. If you are choosing these cultural designs for your wedding, be sure you understand the importance and symbolism and make your choice consciously.