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How to wear bright colours for the mehendi function

The excitement and energy in the days leading to the wedding are most evident in the pre-wedding functions like the mehendi ceremony. It’s a time of celebration and joy which should reflect in the style choices of the bride. A bright colour palette is a wonderful way to pay homage to all the positive emotions surrounding the impending nuptials and we will tell you how best to carry off this look with élan.

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Colour combinations

The first step to planning your mehendi ensemble is to choose your colour palette. We suggest bright shades of rani pink, marigold orange, citrus yellow, parrot green and sky blue. These colours generally complement each other and have an eye-catching effect when worn together. Depending on your personal preference you can work on a warmer (pink, orange, yellow) or cooler (yellow, blue, green) colour combination. Alternately for a really striking feel go for contrast combinations like yellow and blue or pink and green. For a dazzling head-turning look, combine all these colours in a melange of shades. Graphic prints on silk, in these colour combinations, can look festive and grand. A minimal amount of embroidery is needed as the amalgamation of this colour palette is decoration in itself. Let the colours you wear reflect your joy and fun mood at the mehendi ceremony.

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If your personal style is classic and you don’t prefer wearing several bright colours together, we have just the answer for you. Choose your favourite shade from a bright colour palette and then wear a monochromatic lehenga or sari for the mehendi ceremony. Be sure to embrace fabric textures and use them in combinations for a successful monochromatic look. Some examples are satin and tulle or jacquard and chiffon. Tone-on-tone self-embroidery is also a good idea for a lux feel. Add a bit of sparkle to your ensemble with subtle bling like Swarovski crystals, mirror work, gota-patti work or arri work. You will look and feel like a real princess!

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Colour Blocking

It’s easy to incorporate colour blocking into your mehendi outfit and we’ll help you crack this fashionable style. Colour blocking is a striking way to design an outfit that involves mixing large blocks of solid colours to create a trendy statement. One of the easiest ways to incorporate this trend is to have a kalidar lehenga or an anarkali kurta. The panelled pattern of these silhouettes allows for easy colour blocking. You can use two or up to five colours depending on the number of kalis or panels. Each can be in a different bright colour and the combined effect is quite mesmerizing. The choli and dupatta can be in solid shades in different colours, to compliment the lehenga. This particular style also photographs beautifully and will make you the star of your mehendi pictures.

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Neckline and choli detailing

Since the wedding ceremony is a sombre affair, your outfit for the mehendi ceremony can be more trend-based and experimental. Incorporate some playful details in the design of your choli or sari blouse. Asymmetric necklines, ruffles, beading, tassels and more are just a few examples of styling details that you can have in your choli. These details are sure to stand out especially since you’re using a bright colour palette. This look will be sure to add an element of stylish drama to your ensemble.

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Hairstyle ideas

A lovely, bright and colourful colour palette brings to mind a garden full of flowers. As the bride-to-be will not need to cover her head during the mehendi ceremony, it’s a good idea to have a fabulous hairstyle to complete the look. Accessorize the hairstyle with fresh flowers in colours that complement your ensemble. Go for a bohemian vibe with a wreath of flowers on your head. This is a cool way to incorporate flowers in your hairstyle. Be sure to choose flowers that will not wilt quickly.. like roses, carnations and orchids. Flowers also lend an element of feminine glamour and helps showcase the wearer’s face beautifully.

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Mehendi Jewellery

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The joyfully bright colour palette of your mehendi look can be accessorized with customized floral jewellery. It is tradition to wear jewellery made with fresh or faux flowers at the mehendi function and there are a plethora of floral jewellery designers who can customize a set just for you. Floral mehendi jewellery is ultra-feminine and can be created in a colour palette that compliments your ensemble. An entire jewellery look can be created with flowers from bangles and rings, to necklaces and maangteekas. The stylish way to accessorize with floral jewellery is to choose flowers that contrast with your outfit. This will not only complement your ensemble, but also draw attention to both your outfit and the jewellery too.

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