During the "Mehendi", all of the women are invited to participate in getting their mehendi (also known as henna) done by mehendi artists! This is a plant-based paste in a cone that is applied on your hands in a decorative pattern and once dried, flakes off to reveal a beautiful temporary tattoo.
What to wear:
Guests are usually encouraged to wear bright, colorful Indian clothing (yellows, oranges, pinks, etc.) that are a bit more on the casual side (relative to other events). Women can wear any of the following:
- A "salwaar kameez", a loose fitting tunic over a pair of draw-string trouser pants
- An "anarkali", an empire waisted tunic with draw-string tapered pants (sometimes if they are long enough, they are even sold without the pants, like a dress)
- A casual, flowy lehenga that is light and not heavily adorned or ornate
This is recommended as opposed to a gown or a very heavy lehenga.
Pro tip: wearing 3/4 or 1/2 sleeve outfits for this event as opposed to full sleeve outfits is a good idea to make sure the mehendi on your hand doesn't accidentally stain your outfit as it dries.
Men can wear a standard beige/white or colored kurta with a patterned vest on top.