Charlotte Hindu Indian Wedding Part I = Mehndi Reception Ceremony

Indian weddings are amazingly colorful and beautiful and every photographers dream to photograph!

Here is a sneak peek and more to come so check back for part II and part III of the Indian wedding ceremony and reception at the Westin Charlotte.

Mehndi also known as henna in the western world is the application of as a temporary form of skin decoration. A professional henna artist applies Mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet. For Hindu weddings, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet. It is usually drawn on the palms and tops of feet but can be drawn on the outside of hands. The bride usually has special Henna designs. Guests have the opportunity to partake in the experience as well. The designs are very intricate and beautiful.

Mehndi is typically applied during special Hindu occasions like weddings and festivals.

Everyone had such a great time getting their henna tattoos.


According to Hindu tradition, the ceremony is mainly held at the bride’s house or at a banquet hall on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. Generally the bride and groom attend the event together. Often hidden within the mehndi pattern the name or initials of the groom are applied. The event generally has a celebratory festival feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs and the girls wearing vivid colors such as hot pink and yellow.

This was truly such a awesome event. Everyone danced and had a wonderful time celebrating with the bride and groom.

Photos copyright Charlotte Wedding Photographer – Critsey Rowe