Talk about bridal mehndi designs and we’re equipped with a sea of options to lay down for you. From the most basic & simple patterns to extensive ones with fancy rose motifs, swirling strokes and portraits of pets, cartoon characters or brides & grooms, we’ve all sorts of inspiration to give.
But how well these designs turn out to be on your bridal hands and feet completely depends on your mehndi artist. After all, it’s only your mehndi artist’s exceptional skills, creativity & flair that can do full justice to your bridal hands & feet. And to make sure you get to flaunt the most stylish & chic mehndi designs on your wedding being the bride, it’s important for you to get the right mehndi artist on board!
Wondering how to select the best mehndi artist for yourself? Fret not, we’re here to help! Down here we’ve laid some unavoidable things to keep in mind before finalizing your mehndi artist. Swear by them and you’re sure to get the desired results!
Things to keep in mind before Finalizing your Mehndi Artist
1. Be aware of the latest mehndi trends
First things first, know about the latest mehndi trends! Whether it is the simple mehndi designs with limited coverage and fewer strokes, stylish Arabic mehndi designs comprising of edgy bels & paisleys, unique portrait designs or the ones with personalizations, do a thorough check to know what’s raging and what is not. Also, see what kind of designs are brides opting for, these days.
2. Know what sort of mehndi design do you want
Once you’re done with your rigorous research, take note of how do you want your mehndi design to look like. Would you like to go all elaborate with your bridal mehndi design just how Deepika Padukone did or swear by some personalized mehndi designs like Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor? Get yourself clear right from the beginning and save some mehndi designs to show to your mehndi artist.
3. Skim through renowned mehndi artists’ profiles or do some offline research
After seeking some inspiration, the next big thing to do is find a suitable mehndi artist. And to begin with, start scrolling through various mehndi artists’ profiles or their social media handles. You can easily take a glimpse through their designs and contact them if something impresses you. If you don’t want to go religiously by online research methods, you can always bank upon traditional research techniques. Ask for recommendations from your newly-wed BFFs or sisters and reach out their bridal mehndi artists.
4. Thoroughly go through for the artist’s portfolios
Here comes the part of shortlisting the best vendor as per their portfolios. After you’ve checked hundreds of mehndi artists’ profiles, shortlist any 5-6 that you liked the most. Have a face-to-face discussion with them and ask them to present their portfolios or photo albums of their work to get a clearer picture of their style.
5. Understand the artist’s style
While driving through their work, try to understand their area of expertise. Even though most of the artists must have tried their hands at different types of styles and designs, it’s imperative to know what exactly is their signature style. Is it something more inclined towards traditional motifs or all about experimental patterns & lines? Once you have successfully understood that, see which mehndi artist’s style goes the best with your personal choice.
6. Share references and be open to the artist’s ideas
Next up is putting forth your preferences and expectations in front of the artists. Share with them the references or mehndi designs that you had saved for yourself and would love to adorn your bridal hands with. But at the same time, allow them to give their inputs too and make a completely new design instead of merely copying the older one.
7. Ask about the ingredients
Another important thing you need to keep in mind before finalizing your mehndi artist is asking the mehndi artists about the ingredients they use in making the henna. Make sure your mehndi artist only uses organic henna and doesn’t tamper its pure and natural form with synthetic ingredients.
8. Inquire about the application time
If you’re planning to get full arms and full legs etched with henna on your big day, you should also know it is going to take a lot of application time. Bridal mehndi usually takes around five to eight hours. But it can vary depending on the design, its intricacy and the number of artists that are working at it. So, communicate the artist about your preferred bridal mehndi designs and get a vague idea about how much time will the artist require for its completion.
9. Take budget into consideration
Since everything eventually comes down to how much money you’re willing to spare for your bridal mehndi, you can’t not take it into consideration. Ask the mehndi artists to quote their prices & bridal packages. Discuss whether they charge extra for relatively more intricate & elaborate designs or for spending extra hours. And then decide if it fits in your budget including all the extra expenses.
10. Ask for a trial for your personal satisfaction
It’s always better to assess things before it’s too late. And same is the case with your bridal mehndi artist. To make sure you don’t end up complaining last minute about your not-so-dark mehndi or itchy hands, ask the mehndi artist to offer you a mehndi trial. It might cost you some extra bucks but it will definitely make your decision of finalizing the mehndi artist easier. You’ll be able to understand the artist’s work, speed, and creativity even better. Moreover, you’ll also get to know if the ingredients used in the mehndi suit your skin or not.
11. Book your mehndi artist in advance
Lastly, now that you’re all clear about which mehndi artist to bank upon for your big day. Take no time and book them. One should book their mehndi artist at least 3 months prior to their wedding. Any sort of delay would leave you with fewer options as the best ones get booked early, especially when it is peak season.