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.
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.