If you’re getting married, you might have spotted a few interesting mehendi designs while doing your wedding planning research. There are so many new designs out ideas out there – brides are adding all kinds of elements such as wedding vows, hashtags and their love stories to their Mehendi! We decided to curate the best modern bridal mehendi designs for you, so that 2018 brides have a lookbook of experimental to minimal and even Arabic designs they can pick from.
1. Minimalistic Mehendi
Basically the hottest Indian wedding trend, minimalism is not only for brides who are picking simple lehengas and doing natural makeup (like Anushka Sharma at her wedding!) There are hundreds (if not thousands) of brides choosing minimal Mehendi designs now. For a detailed loobook for this style, see this list of best minimal bridal mehendi designs.
2. Buttis in your Mehendi
A type of minimal pattern, buttis are an easy way to make your mehendi look khulla-khulla, without going fully Arabic with your design.
Buttis on your hand…
Buttis on your feet!
3. Arabic Mehendi Designs
A lot of people wonder “what is Arabic Mehendi and how is it different from traditional Mehendi?” Arabic mehndi designs usually include leaves and flowers as motifs, and are more khulla-khulla, since they leave more skin showing between the pattern.
So if you love Arabic designs, you’re in luck. Tons of brides are now choosing to go for Arabic mehendi because they like how it looks more than the intricate traditional Indian bridal henna designs.
Front of the hand option…
Back of the hand Arabic mehendi option…
Beautiful Arabic mehndi design for the bride’s feet!
4. Parrot & Lotus Motifs
While Arabic mehendi may have made birds, flowers and leaves popular motifs for henna, parrots and Lotus seem to have come out on top as elements that most brides pick when they want the latest bridal mehndi design.
Parrots really do look great when added in these interesting, beautiful ways!
Back of hand mehendi design –
Front of hand mehendi design with Parrots –
And there are just so many ways in which you can include the lotus flower!
Minimal back of hand modern mehendi design –
Modern mehendi design idea for the feet –
5. Your Wedding Hashtag & Couple’s Names
Wedding hashtags have become a popular trend these days. So be it for your Instagram updates related to the wedding event or your Mehendi design, hashtagging is definitely a cool way to make things more interesting!
You can either add the hashtag to your arm –
Or to your finger like this bride did –
You can go simple and add just your initials in the mehendi.
Incorporate the Monogram design you’ve created for your wedding invite!
6. Your Love Story in Your Mehendi
Couples are personalizing their weddings in tons of creative ways – from adding their love stories to their lehengas and invites, and now in their Mehendi!
You can either add the skyline of the city where you met (or where he proposed!) at the edge of the Mehendi design on your arms…
Or on your legs…
You can also add little details of your nicknames and your first date in the middle of your palms…
Or add your favourite song and artwork in the Mehendi design!
This modern bridal mehendi design is a good example of how a bride added all the little details of her love story to her hands – from the city’s monuments to the dates and foods they love, to little hearts on her fingers! <3 <3 <3
This bride wanted to depict “Dilli 6 to Dubai” through their landmark buildings and monuments on her arms. What makes this a modern bridal mehendi design is the love story and wedding hashtag she decided to add to a non-traditional design – it’s a full hand of Mehendi but it’s all Arabic.
7. Add Things You Love (Not Just Your Love Story!)
If you look at the latest mehndi designs for weddings these days, you’ll find plenty of brides incorporating things they love to their bridal henna.
Like a sketch of your pet…
Or your favourite genre of music and iconic bands!
This bride added multiple things she loved to make hers a truly modern bridal henna design – like a cup of coffee & poker!
Don’t miss how she also added the couple’s initials on an arabic full hand mehendi design.
8. Portraits In Your Mehendi
You don’t need to get the typical bride and groom portraits facing each other – on separate palms. Instead, get a couple portrait made (maybe even asking the mehendiwala to incorporate your lehenga design!) similar to how you’d get a couple portrait clicked by the wedding photographer!
Bride & groom portraits on the back of her hands!
9. Caricatures In Your Mehendi
Another twist to incorporating the bride and groom’s faces in the Mehendi is via a sketch of the couple…
Or adding a caricature on one palm (to make it modern), while the other still depicts the traditional jaimala scene!
10. A Twist on The Traditional Jaali
The jaali pattern is definitely popular again, but it’s the twist to the traditional jaali that makes your bridal mehendi design modern.
The jaali in an Arabic mehendi design – created with leaves!
Or a Victorian-style jaali in what looks like a hand glove…
11. Wedding Vows & Quotes in Your Mehendi
And finally, you can keep it as simple as just adding your wedding vows (either in Sanskirt or plain old English/Hindi) to your Mehendi design.
You can also choose to add a line like this bride did to create a completely new bridal Mehendi!
“Good vibes only” is such a great phrase for a bride’s mehendi. After all, you want to stay positive and happy throughout your wedding celebrations and honeymoon! 🙂
NEW! A Fresh New Bridal Mehendi Design To LOVE
One of the top Mehendi artists in the world, Henna Lounge, shared this unique mehendi design online late last year. It’s a beautifully different design that a bride looking for something hatke can choose.
If you’ve loved exploring all the Mehendi trends here, you might also want to check out Minimal Bridal Mehendi Designs Ideas and 20 Stunning Feet Mehendi Designs that we’ve curated for the 2018 bride.