“Mehndi ceremony is not only for the ‘Bride’ gearing up for her big occasion but also for her mischievous accomplice ‘Bridesmaids’ and preppy ‘guests’ attending grandiose Indian Wedding! So be decked up and all set to amp up your look with stunning Mehndi outfits this season”
Indian culture is all about rituals, traditions and one’s own beliefs. When it’s wedding time, it’s all about functions, fun, rituals again, lip-smacking food, outstanding décor and most importantly, an opportunity to wear your most favorite and dapper Indian ensembles.
There’s an array of functions which are held from religion to religion and caste to caste but some are common to all like engagement, haldi and mehndi with engagement being the first and foremost.
But after that when it comes to the other in-house functions, mehndi is one of the first ceremonies of a traditional Indian wedding. On this day the bride’s hands and feet are adorned with henna paste in beautiful and intricate designs.
So don’t worry! We have put together a list of outfit ideas that can come handy if you are a bride or bridesmaid-to-be 😉
35 Mehndi Dresses for Indian wedding
1. More Pastels
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Nothing’s more graceful than mehendi mornings in pastel tones. A very contemporary and chic look for the mehendi – this outfit comes with a multi-color flared woven detail skirt paired with an off-shoulder organza trail top.
2. The Classy Mehndi Look!
The famous fashion influencer Monisha’s gorgeous look on her friend’s wedding. It’s a different mismatch fabric outfit with rani pink custom made blouse along with pink gold banarasi dupatta and complimenting contrast green jewellery.
3. Lost in Blues
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This beautiful shade of royal blue is breath-taking in itself! Add to that gusts of pink in the form of neat floral embroidery and you have the mehendi ceremony outfit of your dreams. Chekout more of Blue Lehengas.
4. Mustard and Mehendi
This bride breaks conventions by sporting a mustard yellow lehenga on her mehendi ceremony instead of the haldi ceremony. The golden hued mustard tone is complemented with silver zari and sequin work. Checkout More of Yellow lehengas.
5. Color Purple
A simple yet exquisite outfit for the mehendi ceremony – the strappy choli looks sensuous and the flared skirt is dramatic. Gold ornate borders and gold motifs all over do a wonderful job.
6. Peaches and Grey’s
Though a peach net and silk lehenga might not be very uncommon or unconventional, the presence of floral embroidery in grey is what makes this outfit stand apart. Steel grey and gold metallic threads have been used for the zardozi work. Mirror work has also been used.
7. Floral Finesse
Thinking of something grand for the mehendi party? Choose such a lehenga in floral tones like light pink! Apart from floral motifs, this lehenga also uses zari embroidery in plenty! Floral accessories add to the theme! Checkout more of Pink Lehengas.
8. The Boho Mehendi Look
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The Boho or quirky theme is trending currently! It is difficult to carry a boho lehenga on the main occasion of the wedding or even on the reception day as these functions are either traditional or formal. But if you are keen on a boho look for your wedding, you can sport something like this on the mehendi ceremony. Motifs in multiple colors adorn the white lehenga of this bride.
9. Mehendi Yellows
Karishma Tanna sizzles in this amazing yellow lehenga on her mehendi ceremony, proving all those wrong who say that yellow lehengas are only meant for the haldi function. The outfit showcases bandhani art and mirror work. The dupatta and skirt have red borders.
10. Fusion Choices
Mehendi functions in the evenings or during sunset is the best place to flaunt all your Indo-western outfits. This onion pink lehenga dress comes with huge frills on the skirt. The sleeves are frilly too and so is the dupatta. The heavy sequin choli also stands out. The cut and color of the outfit make it very sober and chic.
11. More Yellows
Another great option in yellow for the mehendi ceremony – this one comes with a one-sided off-shoulder choli and the skirt is layered and flaunts uneven textures and hemline.
12. The Ultimate Boho Lehenga
This outfit itself does the talking! It is the perfect example of a boho lehenga. There is no sense of symmetry, color co-ordination, motif structure, design element or texture in this outfit. But together everything looks fabulous and breathtaking. But opt for a boho lehenga only if you are confident about sporting it with pride. A demure demeanor can kill the look.
13. Color Collage
Mehendi mornings are all about colors, sunshine and a lot of fun! So the more colorful, lightweight, summery your outfit is, the better. This bride wears a vibrantly colorful light lehenga with splashes of bright hues everywhere. The choli is much more like a crop top with straps. Such cholis work well for the mehendi function as they keep your hands free of fuss!
14. Twirl and Shine
This bride too wears a rainbow lehenga but the dominating colors in her mehendi outfit are gold and mustard. The lehenga also uses a lot of sequin embroidery. Such outfits look good when brides and bridesmaids participate in traditional dances and music – which is a very common ritual during the mehendi ceremony.
15. Pink Splendor
Another stunning and colorful choice – this mehendi outfit uses cool toned shades of pink, some blue and some peach on a lightweight white fabric. The cut of the lehenga skirt borders on the fit and flare type. It is a great choice because it becomes very inconvenient for a bride with mehendi smeared palms to handle a lehenga skirt with a lot of flare.
16. Ethnic Karigari
The bride’s lehenga skirt is simple with touches of mirror work here and there. The real attraction element of this outfit is the choli that showcases numerous kinds of ethnic works like types of ethnic embroidery, mirror work etc. The dupatta also showcases bandhani and jhhalar details. Checkout more of White Lehengas.
17. Pink Link
It is very clear that this vibrant shade of pink is this bride’s favourite color! She sports a stunning sleeveless hassle-free choli and flared skirt. On the background of pink the white floral embroidery looks exquisite. The skirt hemline is also unique with little pompom details. Very creatively but boldly, the bride pairs her outfit with white sneakers bringing in a fusion detail.
18. Pastel Henna
Usually poppy shades and boho elements dominate the mehendi outfit scenes! But that does not mean that you can’t go for subtle hues, pastel tones or traditional design elements. This bride does just that! Her raw silk lehenga comes in a light pastel tone and the best part is that the color resembles that of dried and ground henna leaves, just a little lighter. The outfit showcases floral thread and zari embroidery and comes with a pastel peach net dupatta.
19. Knee Length Skirt
Ethnic and traditional outfits usually don’t go above the calf length. So what is the solution if you want henna patterned feet as well! It is simple – just get a knee-length ethnic skirt customized and pair it with a traditional choli – just like this bride has done.
20. Traditional Reds
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It is a myth that red lehengas work only for weddings! This bride smartly flaunts a bright red lehenga showcasing traditional embroidery, zari work, sequin work etc on her mehendi day! You can do the same if red is your favourite color!
21. Vintage Blues
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This bride looks stunning in a blue lehenga on her mehendi night. The lehenga showcases woven brocade motifs along with zari embroidery. The patterns and motifs on the skirt are reminiscent of designs of eras gone by. This gives this mehendi outfit a vintage feel.
22. Floral Yellow
In a combination of lemon yellow and floral multi colors, this lehenga is both subtle and vibrant at the same time. The sleeveless choli is dense with floral embroidery. The skirt and dupatta have floral hems. Mirror work is added.
23. Onion Pink and Zari Lehenga
This bride carries a beautiful color combination. The net and georgette lehenga is in an unusual shade of pink. On the onion pink background, the gold sequin and zari work looks exquisite.
24. Go Fluorescent
If you can carry it, choosing a fluorescent green outfit for your mehendi ceremony might just be the best idea! The reason being, the color looks unbelievably good on photographs. This bride wears a fluorescent green lehenga dress with an ornate bodice and unembellished, horizontally tiered skirt. The floral dupatta also stands out.
25. Floral Riot
This bride’s lehenga combines floral elements with boho style. In mehendi functions taking place in open-air, daylight drenched settings, such an outfit works like magic. The skirt with an uneven wavy hemline showcases different types of floral motifs and the blouse has colorful latkan details at the back.
26. A Simple Sharara
A mehendi ceremony is usually a very close knit family function. It is always not necessary to go for something elaborate. In fact, the lighter you feel the better as your hands will be henna-smeared! This bride likes it simple, sporting a dark pink sharara, pink and gold kameez with a contrasting green dupatta.
27. Green Sharara
Co-ordinated outfits for the bridesmaids and women present in the mehendi ceremony is a great idea! It goes without saying that the photographs would come out brilliantly! Also, as mehendi is mostly an all-women function, this can be a fun way to celebrate it. The dark moss green sharara-kurti ensemble is adorned in floral embroidery!
Tip: You can put some gajra (made with mogra aka Jasmine flowers) if you want to smell like fresh flowers!
28. Co-ordinated Greens
What a cool way to plan mehendi ceremony outfits! Not only does this bride choose a green and gold combination, which seems to be the top favourite mehendi outfit color combination, but also she makes her brothers wear co-ordinated green shirts! Breaking conventions and totally striking – this green and gold lehenga and the matching menswear is sure to set trends!
29. The Lotus Lehenga
In an exotic shade of dark green, this lehenga puts up a unique design structure. On the skirt, lotus motifs have been used in ascending order of size from top to bottom. Butterfly motifs have also been added.
30. Lehenga Saree or Half Saree look
As for blouses, crop tops, slip in blouses, t-shirt blouses etc. are topping the fashion charts and will surely make you look like a fashion diva like this half saree.
For accessories: As you’ll be getting your hands painted with henna, try not to wear something in your hand. Moreover if the saree or the blouse has some statement piece or feature to it, keep it light on accessories.
Junk or oxidized jewelries work great to show off the diva in you. And keep your hair flowy or even into a bun as per your style and comfort.
Tip: But to avoid looking stereotypical, pair your saree with a blouse of a unique cut and style, you can also play with the types and styles of sarees like ruffles, dhoti style, Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, gota patti etc.
31. Dhoti pants for the swagger
Have plans of dancing at your best friend’s mehndi or sangeet? Wear dhoti pants with crop tops. Pair them with a sheer cape or you may even reach out for a dupatta. Checkout more of cape lehengas.
Dhoti pants are not only comfortable to sit and dance, but are also perfect attention seeker.Pair it with a sexy cut out crop top or blouse and don’t keep it baggy and ill-fitted on the top as the bottom is loose.
Tip: Don’t overdo with too much accessories. Big earrings or maang tika are just more than enough. Avoid wearing anything in the neck as then it would seem as if you are the bride.
32. Easy breezy palazzo with kurti or crop top
The palazzo is a very diverse piece of clothing. Pair it with a kurta for that casual look that is also well put together or even with a crop top or off-shoulder blouse for some sass at the function.
Don’t forget to carry that attitude and aura with you while walking throughout the function because then only people will notice that what you really are wearing.
Because why not ;}. You aren’t the bride to abide by colors, just paint the town pastel or pink or orange or anything.
33. Ditch the usual lehengas and sarees for dresses and gowns
Why always go for the usual options? Why should only brides have all the fun ;)?
Flowy gowns or dresses are raging in the fashion sector these days, especially long dresses with an ethnic touch – a bit of embroidery or a shot of sequins – are also making it big in the fashion world.
These would be perfect outfits for either of the bride or the bridesmaids on a pre-wedding ceremony.
Floral prints, ethnic jackets, off-shoulders, embellishments, ruffles, sequins and what not. Your dress can be as simple as possible and as damsel as possible. Comfort is what you should have and nothing else matters much.
34. Mehendi Boho
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Perhaps the trendiest outfit on this list, this mehendi ceremony lehenga is truly ethnic boho. It comes with a boho multi-color crop top with jacket detail. The same type of work is showcased on the upper part of the skirt, resembling a belt. The high waist skirt comes in the closest shade of ground henna leaves with golden polka dots all over.
35. Want some traditional touch but still comfortable? Why not Anarkali!
Whether you are a bride or bridesmaid, one can never go wrong with an anarkali. It is something which is gaining people’s attention for innumerable years with its sheer elegance, integrity and simplicity. Pair it with a churidaar and juttis or heels too.
The twirl which you get with the anarkali can only be matched by a lehenga. So either of the one would work for you.
This navy blue anarkali is also a perfect break from the usual colors of green, pink, yellow et al for the mehndi function. Don’t forget to capture some twirling motions while being digged in the henna.
A color contrasting dupatta with a plain colored anarkali also are in vogue to depict simplicity yet being sophisticated.
Conclusion – Mehndi Dresses for Brides
Still not liking the usual options? Create something for your own!
If you have a unique style, then we’re sure that you must not have well settled with the options above. So as said we have covered all, we have covered you too.
If you don’t like something which is usual and common, then you can get in touch with the team of GetEthnic’s designers to help you chalk out a personalized design and style for you which not only matches with your vibe but also suits you perfectly.
Capes and mirrors can never go wrong when paired together.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to rock that mehndi or any other ceremony like sangeet, sagan, cocktail etc., choose the perfect outfit for you from our recommendations.
We will also help you to get your hands on it. Or as said, you can always contact GetEthnic for that one or even multiple outfit(s) for any function as per your choice, style and the theme.
The exotic color that comes from the henna looks beautiful on the hands of the bride & signifies conjugal union.
Hence, the ceremony is of utmost importance and on the day along with the bride, her friends and sisters also get their hands adorned with henna.
The same happens with the groom as well but not with his troop like what happens with that of bride’s. And sighting the fact that this function is a lot more fun and chic, it’s not the bride only who looks regal.
In short, it is the day for bride’s bridesmaids and guests also to shine.
Tip: As this function is all about getting your hands and feet tattooed with henna for which you might be sitting for quite a long time, it’s advisable that you wear something really comfortable and light as opposed to being over-the-top.
Moreover as you might be dancing too all night long, adorn something which helps you twirl and move without restricting your movements.
So without further blabbering, let’s jump straight into the outfits.
For modern and trendy, vintage and sophisticated- Mehndi Outfits for Bridesmaids or Guests, you need some solid planning.
If you are about to attend your sister or friend’s mehndi ceremony or even any other pre-wedding occasion and are not giving a thought to your outfit, you will regret it later!
And to not make you more miserable, the team of GetEthnic has come up with some feasible, quirky, easy to carry and comfortable but in trend and sophisticated mehndi ensemble ideas for you.