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Weddings in India are seeing a change – there’s lightness,  fun, and a massive amount of creativity in how the many functions are executed. The Mehendi and other pre-wedding festivities are all about quirky themes, and interesting decor and accoutrements. From wicker baskets to neon lights, there are many whimsical ways to make the Mehendi function one to remember (not to mention Instagrammable). We picked out 8 beautiful trends that you could follow while planning your Mehendi function.

Neon signs with quirky messages

 

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NYC seems to be alive and rocking at Indian weddings, with lit backdrops, millennial phrases like ‘Slay’, and the couple’s hashtags setting the scene. The quirkier the phrase or word, the better.

Reinventing the traditional

 

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Traditional ideas like kaleeras, shells, and even dupattas are getting a makeover. We loved how global Indian influencer Diipa Khosla used kaleeras at her pre-wedding festivities. Pair them up with contemporary ideas like roses and mogra, and you have a winner.

Innovative themes

 

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The best way to stay unique is to opt for a theme that’s very personal yet interesting. This one’s a circus-themed Mehendi called Mughal Mehendi. A good decorator can really take this theme and make it into something special with the right decor accessories.

Luxe but whimsical giveaways

 

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The best Mehendi return gifts are fun, effortless, and stylish. Brides are opting for monogrammed bags, ethnic dupattas, and bespoke ideas, like these beautiful cups and saucers.

Cute photo-ops

 

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Holding placards or fun boards, like the above in metal, add to the whole look. We love how Summiyya of House of Misu got her friends these cute metal signboards that made the photo-op fun.

Decor additions

 

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The fact is that Mehendis are getting more interesting and earthy. Wicker baskets, a big staple in Indian homes at one time, are now getting a fabulous makeover. Add a few colourful tassles and it’s a great decor idea.

Fabric chandeliers

 

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Fun umbrellas in Indian prints

 

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It’s about going Indian in the most subtle way possible. So while summer weddings need umbrellas, this time Abhinav Bhagat Events, went simple – block prints and Indian floral designs to add the charm.

Beautiful entrances

 

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Make the decor pop by adding a unique element to the Mehendi entrance with earthy elements like wood. This wooden structure is great for a summer wedding.

Floral oval backdrops

 

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These have been in trend for a while now – a big, floral oval structure in the bride’s favourite colours. They are great for a photo-op or double up as a conversation-starter.

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.