Bridal Hands

Brides, in Pakistan, wear very traditional dress and jewelery. Henna is an important part of the make up. Taken recently on my nephews wedding:


Just a little closer:


And for the color blinds:


I hope you like it.

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15 comments on “Bridal Hands
  1. neihtn2012 says:

    What is the significance of henna paintings on the bride’s hands?

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks. It is traditional. I guess in the ancient days people of the villages were not wealthy and could not afford gold jewelery and such. So, to make a bride look beautiful they used natural ingredients. It is popular otherwise also, not limited to brides or weddings. It smells good too.

  2. Ricari says:

    Her mehndi looks beautiful! My wedding mehndi didn’t color dark enough, I was so upset but luckily the pictures looked great

    • Dr_IQ says:

      O yes, I forgot to mention the dark color thing. When young girls apply mehndi on say Eid day, they compare the darkness of the color in the morning.

  3. I do like the images. I prefer the color as it gives greater information. What intricate work and focus on perfection. Is this done by a member of your family or does someone get hired? Again, thanks for sharing this information. I was not aware of this as part of the ceremony.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks Tim. Now a days, the bride gets made up in a parlor. They also handle the henna application. But those who cannot afford may do it at home. Usually there is a girl in the family who is good in this kind of dexterity.

  4. Vicki says:

    Interesting photos.
    I wondered if the henna patterns on the hands were an indication of wealth? Or do all brides, rich or poor, have them done on their wedding day?

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks Vicki. I think all girls do get henna application. As I said in the above reply to Tim, those who can afford will get it done by a professional. But, in house is also not bad.

  5. Wow! Intricate artwork on her hands! I have never seen anything like this before.

  6. Love the black and white

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