Let's be honest, if there's one nuptial ceremony when the families have the most fun, it's the mehndi ceremony. The environment is casual, even your elders are enjoying themselves and a lot of dance and party is going on in the jovial mood. Mehndi pictures are often the most colourful and happy ones in your wedding album.
So, it's crucial to plan the event right to make sure everyone is entertained. Here is a list of tips that will help you do just that!
1. Lock on your Mehndi ceremony venue
The choice of venue closely determines how many people you could accommodate for your special day, how you would arrange for them (in seating, mehndi opportunities, food, games, dance and fun) and what time of day would work best for your event.
2. Count out your guests
Before you begin inviting people over to your Mehndi ceremony, take a moment to plan out the list of people you'd invite to the event. This would have some practical concerns - how many people can be accommodated at your ceremony venue, the number of people which would come from either side (in case you're holding a combined mehndi function) and your own preferences.
Once you have the list in place it would be easier to either whittle it down or start inviting others.
3. Get your mehndi decor on-point
Are you sort on your Mehndi decoration ideas? A Mehndi ceremony is all about delighting yourself and your guests with your creativity. So, your limit is as big as you can think. Create your own ideas for a happy place and celebration zone with a bridal seat, flowers, fun themes and props like fabrics, kites, jhoomars, backdrops and easy, comfortable floor seating.
4. Curate your playlist
The selection of songs for your mehndi ceremony will go a long way in ensuring your party is a hit. Choose songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia and are easy to sing along to. You want your party to be a celebration of sorts, a happy colourful event.
If you’re confused about the selection of songs, ask your friends and family to help out.
5. Ask around
While choosing mehndi design artists, make sure you get solid recommendations. You want to avoid feeling disappointed later so ask the artists for a few work samples if that will help you reach your final decision.
Make sure you spend a little time on this because you want your guests to feel very pleased with their designs as well.
6. Opt for comfortable clothes
You can experiment with your outfit choices for the mehndi ceremony and perhaps even choose your favourite colour since there are no rules you absolutely must adhere to. However, make sure you choose a clothing you’ll feel comfortable in because the process is time-consuming.
You don’t want to feel flustered because of a heavy outfit and too much jewellery.
7. Confirm your loved ones
For the mehndi ceremony, you must ensure that you invite those you are closest to. Your childhood friends, best girlfriends, favourite cousins, happy aunts – you want to feel secure before your wedding day and need plenty of good vibes during the ceremony. You need a great company to keep stress at bay and it’s essential you bond over beautiful designs and happy songs.
8. Have a little fun
Arrange for fun games such as Antakshari and Dumb Charades. You can also arrange for a nice rapid-fire session with a list of quirky questions and lots of gift hampers. Or you could place a giant screen in the room and play popular Bollywood wedding videos to keep your guests entertained. The idea is to relax and enjoy yourself.
9. Experiment, experiment!
Organise for a fun menu and lots of light refreshments. You don’t need to opt for boring and conventional food choices if you’d rather choose your personal favourite cuisine. Mix it up, ask a professional for tips. Don’t feel restricted at all, get your caterer to personalise your food options. You can even have fun with a mini-cake which has an intricate mehndi design. Get creative!
10. Get creative with your photo-ops
A Mehndi ceremony is also a good time to go a little wild, especially with your photo-ops. Apart from arranging for a wild photobooth, use all of your decor ideas, your mehndi designs and your besties for a set of pictures you'd always remember with a smile.
This guide must have given you a comprehensive idea about things you need to take care of. After completing them all, the only thing you should focus on is having a good time. What else is this event about other than bringing everyone together and de-stressing them from the wedding chaos!
Do share your amusing stories of the mehndi ceremony with us in the comments section.