POSTED ON AUGUST 17, 2018
Creating a wedding that was filled with things the couple loves is always a challenge, which makes it not only personal but also super fun for the guests. Here are some super fun ideas you can steal for your mehendi function.
Mehendi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In Indian weddings, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals and the same is reflected in the Mehendi ceremony before marriage. The Mehendi ceremony has become such an integral part of the wedding ceremony that it cannot be imagined without it. Furthermore, Mehendi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride and her beauty is incomplete without it. Mehendi ceremony usually takes place just before marriage. According to the ritual, the bride does not step out of the house after this ceremony. Mehendi ceremony is essentially organized by the family of the bride and is usually a private affair which takes place in the presence of friends, relatives and family members.
Did you know? Mehendi is considered as the oldest form of body art that has ever been into existence. The word ‘mehendi’ comes from a Sanskrit word, ‘mendhika’, which refers directly to the henna plant itself. The usage of mehendi dates back to the time prior to the Vedic Age. Traces of henna being used in mummification have also been found. Also, it is believed that the beautiful princess, Cleopatra used henna to paint her body.
Palaces, deserts and royalty, Rajasthan is a beautiful place to host weddings. Creating newer experiences using local ideas.Naadia Mirza and Co salvaged Rajasthani textiles and puppets from local artisans, these cultural sets are making tradition an everyday reality. We recreated a lush, vibrant and beautiful setting for this mehendi.The inspiration was the oasis in the middle of the desert, a place where one find the elixir of life, water. It is also a place where plants thrive, animals prosper and people rejoice. Naadia Mirza and Co threw in lots of vintage desert elements like charpoys, kilim rugs and colourful lanterns. Everything was quintessentially “Indian” – we were certain we wanted to work with local traditional elements. So we hung rustic Indian latkans all over the lobby to create a dreamy old-school charm. Traditional Matkas lined all the pathways leading guests into the lawns.
We looked for recognizable themes which would replicate the Rajasthani taste for luxury and their penchant for bold colors.The stunning displays of color around the venue were made even more eye-catching with the addition of the pink and yellow designs elements .The colour palette was all about bright pinks and yellows to give it that dessert flower vibe.We used vintage prints on tin cans loaded with flowers which dotted the tables. The menus on the dinner tables matched the poster prints.
We erected a colorful canopy underneath which the bride could sit and get her hand adorned as the function unfolded. Using bold colors and romantic lighting, we were able to create a festive street atmosphere in the grand ballroom, where the families and guests could celebrate and unwind before the wedding. We visually and structurally sought to divide the ballroom into multiple spaces, exposing guests to more intimate surroundings while lavishing them with visual and sensory indulgences which helped bring the feel of a royal wedding to life.
Mehendi represents the holy bond of matrimony and is therefore, considered a shagun (sign of good luck). It signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families. What better way to celebrate the bond than to create an oasis of love in the middle of a bustling city with Naadia Mirza and Co as your partner?