Indian weddings are an elaborate function that goes on for a week. Mehendi is one such pre-wedding function close to the Indian bride. Popular among Muslim and Hindu brides, nowadays even groom apply Mehendi to symbolize their love for the better half. Most of the Mehendi functions are arranged at home and hosts have to keep the guests entertained and feel welcome before the wedding chaos begins.
Organizing a Mehendi ceremony takes a lot of planning as it is not limited to adorning one’s hands and feet, singing, dancing and food. There are many ways to make the Mehendi ceremony exciting. Make it trendy and exciting with games and costumes that are also part of the occasion. As it is a relaxed function, closest family and friends can make it interesting by planning family favorites.
1. Arrange for an eating contest
Not just kids but elders would love to participate in it. Have an ice cream or any sweet delicacy eating competition. Give away any gifts to the winners.
2. Antakshari competition
Another family/friends-oriented game. As cliché as it sounds, play old favorite songs. This is a game that attracts both young and old generations alike. Play some wedding songs that set the tone right.
3. Hire musicians
A drum player can really amp up the atmosphere of such occasions. The dancers in the family and your friends can shake a leg making it a prelude to the sangeet ceremony.
4. Set up a juice bar and ice-gola stand
Let your guests enjoy and reminisce the old memories. Weddings are one of the best occasions where all relatives meet and are catching up on nostalgia.
5. Place a board or wall
All your family members and friends can give you advice on how to conduct yourself after your wedding.
6. Photography session
An ideal day to have a family photography session, everyone would want to take pictures with their relatives. Arrange for some unique backdrops and ask the photographer to make instant prints and give them to guests as souvenirs.
7. Arrange for a beautician/additional Mehendi designer
A small gesture for your guests can make them remember your big day forever. People who want a quick hairdo or makeup can get their job done and don’t have to run to the nearest parlor. Also, ask your Mehendi artist to have 2-3 henna designers for family/friends who want to have henna designs
done on their hands.
8. Caricature and tattoo artists
Everyone will thank you for this warm gesture. Kids and adults will love to get themselves sketched and inked.
9. Chess competitions
Of course, we don’t want men in the family to feel left out. Arrange for a chess competition that will not only keep them entertained but give them a chance to bond over a fun game. These are just small tips to make your day special and your guests feel wanted.
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