This educational article is intended to inspire brides around the world.
We did our best to give credit to the wonderful henna artists. If you feel that we could have done a better job, want to share your feedback or feel that your art deserves to be included among these top mehndi designs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mehndi is one of the most beautiful forms of body art. Its impermanent character it makes us love it even more and it makes one reflect on the passage of time and life if you will.
The main types of mehndi designs are Indian, Arabic and African. Still, some other cultures influence the evolution of today body art. Among them the Persian, Egyptian, Chinese, Celtic, Eastern European and North American are the most prominent along with the modern trends.
Here is the ultimate collection of mehndi designs and they include photos and videos of creations from artists around the world. Enjoy!
A Stunningly Modern Celestial Bodies Design
This splendid art by the wonderful Henna by Divya features a series of elements that create a complementary design. On the bride's right hand, the Arabic design features the moon and the stars in a lace like mesh. Several floral elements enhance the beauty of this unique pattern. The lotus flowers inscribed in a triangle denote harmonious beauty, proportion, ascension, illumination and creativity, which is apparent in this outstanding artist's mehndi design.
As a side note, the triangle is an element found in many cultures and also represents stability (think about mountains), assertion, Shakta. In numerology, the triangle denotes the birth of true wisdom.
Splendid Design Features CN Tower and Dog
This bride from Toronto Canada wanted to include a few landmarks of the beautiful city: CN Tower, Rogers Centre and part of the Toronto skyline. Maybe the most important element in this mehendi design is the bride's dog she will surely miss upon embarking onto her new life as a married woman.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It
Walt Disney has been credited with saying "If you can dream it, you can achieve it" and we firmly believe that the above mehendi design embodies the love of Kavita and Tarshit. The wonderful artist Divya once again leaves us breathless with this unique and refreshing creation.
From Toronto With Love
This exquisite design includes romantic imagery and symbols. The heart, the swans, the travel back and forth until she said yes!
Game of Thrones and McDonald's Design
If you love Game of Thrones, McDonnald's or both, you must love this unique creation.
Dreamy Love Symbols Everywhere
This creation features several love symbols ranging from the heart formed by the union of the bride's hands, the two peacocks and the portraits of the bride and groom.
Magical Lacework Henna
This splendid creation includes floral elements and geometric patterns in a harmonious Indo-Arabic design. The bell has sacred meanings in various cultures: in Islam, the bell denotes reverberations of the Quran, the Christians consider the sound of bells the voice of God and the Buddhists believe that the bells protect from evil spirits.
Even the ancient Romans would hang tiny bells from the door knobs to keep evil spirits away.
Stunningly Modern Arabic Mehendi Designs
This complementary design features a mandala and elements of nature: paisley, leaves, flowers and the checkerboard. This minimalist design of Arabic influences creates a stunning modern look that many brides love.
Modern Chic Meets Children
This complementary design is one of our favorites as it not only features the parents, but also the children (existing or those who will be welcomed in the future).
Intricate Henna Patterns
This splendid design features floral elements, lace work, mandalas, etc. The bride and groom obviously love coffee as we can see it on the left hand design.
Two Dreamy Hearts Beating in Unison
This elegant design features two hearts surrounded by petals and leaves. The heart is the ancient symbol of love and joy. The union of the two hearts represents the deep and durable love between the bride and groom.
In this design, the love gives birth to petals, leaves and three chains that unite the hearts with the index finger.
A Glamorous Circular Design With Floral Motifs
This splendid design placed on the back of bride's hand features three circles as the central elements of the pattern. They are adorned with dots and surrounded by flower motifs. To create balance in this design and make it appealing, the henna artist used odd numbers. According to the law of odds, when an odd number of elements is featured, the work of art looks more appealing.
The circle is a geometric shape that symbolizes eternity and that is the reason the wedding bands and rings borrowed its shape. The circle also refers to supreme being or God who is the center of the whole universe. The circle appears in many cultures: the Buddhists have "mandala" a word that comes from Sanskrit and means circle. The circle also means wisdom and balance.
A Chic Black Checkerboard Motif
In this Arabic design, the checkerboard represents good luck in the new married life on which the bride is about to embark.
The spirals inside the flowers represents harmony, new beginnings and a new journey, hence their usage in weddings.
The leaves adorning the splendid design mean happiness and wealth.
A Minimalist Floral Mehndi Design
According to Leonardo Da Vinci, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. That is why we think you will love this simple and elegant floral design. The negative space on the hand makes the pastern have a stronger impact.
A Splendid Arabic Design Featuring the Moon
Featuring celestial bodies has a significant importance. The stars provide guidance, are a source of enlightenment and good in the world.
The moon represents love, femininity, fertility and pregnancy. This simple Arabic mehndi design is full of deep meanings and elegance.
A Romantic Intricate Hand Design
This splendid intricate Indian design includes spirals, hearts, lace, checkerboards and paisley motifs that adorn the bride's hands.
Arabic Red Henna Design
Enjoy this simple yet elegant henna design adorned with red and white henna. Please note that the red and white go perfectly with the white wedding dress.
Day and Night, Yin and Yang, Bride and Groom Theme
This complementary design on the brides' hands features two patterns: the one on the right hand showcases a very detailed drawing that includes a peacock (can you find it?), spirals, leaves, hearts and flowers. The composition on the left is minimalist and includes the sun, a mandala and elements of nature. This latter drawing leaves plenty of negative space and complements perfectly the right hand design.
In nature there are many contrasting elements that keep everything in balance. Yin and yang, day and night depict balance and happiness, the coexistence of the two. As the night and day cannot exist without the other, the same will the married life be for the couple. No bride without her groom or vice versa.
Symmetry is Perfection in Universe and Marriage
This simple and elegant mehndi design is symmetrical, representing a balanced marriage and life. The floral elements are the center of the drawing and