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Real Grooms Who Rocked Henna At Their Wedding
Real Grooms Who Rocked Henna At Their Wedding
21 st Nov 2018

Doesn’t henna conjure up images of a decadent setting filled with elegantly dressed ladies in their ethnic best, gracefully laughing while their hands are patiently decorated by the artist? The painstaking wait for the henna to dry, the ever-so-slight-but-worth-it discomfort of not having the use of your hands for a short while and the mounting excitement to see how the stain develops, are all feelings that Indian women know since a tender age.

Little girls grow up dreaming of their intricate bridal henna, changing their stance of the style with each new phase of their lives. So much so that henna parties for weddings or other events used to be strictly ladies only affairs making the world of henna shrouded in feminine mystery and wonderment.

It’s interesting to note however that henna was never an all-female domain. Historically it wasn’t uncommon for many communities to practice the tradition of grooms also applying mehendi during their own weddings and the designs were no less elaborate than the bride’s. It was completely plausible and sometimes even expected for grooms to adorn their hands with henna for their nuptials as even royalty indulged in the ancient custom. It’s unclear when and how the practice became associated with only women. Certain Indian families still uphold the custom of grooms applying henna but they were usually limited to small nondescript designs, just for the sake of tradition.

All that changed the day Ranbir Kapoor burst onto the scene crooning ‘Channa Mereya’ to Anushka Sharma in the movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. What’s so special about this particular Bollywood song? It featured Ranbir sporting 2 wrists filled with henna. He proudly wore the beautiful designs covering the front and back of his hands, something that was mostly associated with only women. Reactions from Indian men everywhere were completely mixed, with some considering it ridiculous, some warming up to the idea and others embracing it with open arms.

Groom Henna | Ranbir Kapoor Sporting Hands Full Of Henna

Ranbir Kapoor Sporting Hands Full Of Henna

Ranbir Kapoor may have unintentionally opened up the floodgates of long forgotten customs and made them seem mainstream. Evolved gentlemen everywhere were excited about the prospect and considered it just another blurring of gender dressing. If we really think about it, in a world of man buns, draped kurtas, grooms sporting shawls and waist belts, ethnic wear in floral prints and pastels, man pedis and manis and lots more, is henna really such a big deal? Ladies have monopolised the art form for far too long so it wouldn’t be totally unfair for men to want a piece of that action. And so modern grooms everywhere have been all about the henna lately.

If you’re on the cusp of deciding whether it’s something you would consider and wanted some real world examples then this is the place for male henna inspiration. The choices vary greatly from decidedly small and masculine to full on stained hands and feet. It’s up to you to figure out where you fall on that spectrum.

Single Motifs Groom Henna

Superhero logos or something kitschier like a moustache motif are a great way to give henna a boyish twist.

Groom Henna | Single Motif 1

Real Groom With Moustache Design Henna

Groom Henna | Single Motif

Real Groom With Superhero Logo Henna

Groom Henna Swag

For the cool dudes out there, henna with a bit of swag is just the ticket.

Groom Henna | Swag 1

Henna With Groom Swag

Groom Henna | Swag 2

Henna With Groom Swag

Groom Henna | Swag 3

Henna With Groom Swag

Message based Groom Henna

Why not take this opportunity to imprint yourself with a message for your lovely bride? You got to admit there is something super cute about this move.

Groom Henna | Message 1

Real Groom Sports A Message With Henna

Groom Henna | Message 2

Real Groom Sports A Message With Henna

Name based Groom Henna

Love messages too cheesy for you? Keep it simple by having just hers or both your names in your henna design. It is customary for many brides to include the name of their groom in their own henna so there is no reason why grooms can’t do the same as well.

Groom Henna | Name 1

Real Groom With His Bride’s Name In Henna

Groom Henna | Name 2

Real Groom With Both His & His Bride’s Names In Henna

Groom Henna | Name 2

Real Groom With Both His & His Bride’s Names In Henna

Unconventional Spots for Groom Henna

If you’re too much of a hipster to go for the conventional henna on the hands then by all means get some on any other part of your body. Just make sure it’s some place you can show off at some point during the wedding.

Groom Henna | Unconventional Spots 1

Real Groom With Henna On The Bicep

Groom Henna | Unconventional Spots 2

Real Groom With Henna On The Shoulder

Groom Henna | Unconventional Spots 3

Real Groom With Henna On The Head

Henna on Groom's Wrists

Yet another one for all those looking for totally contemporary henna for grooms. Consider abstract and geometrical designs on your wrists rather than the hands.

Groom Henna | Wrists 1

Real Groom With Henna On The Wrist

Groom Henna | Wrists 2

Real Groom With Henna On The Wrist

Groom Henna | Wrists 3

Real Groom With Henna On The Wrist

Groom Henna | Wrists 4

Real Groom With Henna On The Wrist

Groom Finger Henna

Getting married somewhere cold? Or really want to show off your henna in all those wedding photos? Try some of these distinctive and quirky henna designs for the fingers and part of the palm.

Groom Henna | Fingers 1

Real Groom With Henna On The Fingers

Groom Henna | Fingers 2

Real Groom With Henna On The Fingers & Palm

Groom Henna | Fingers 3

Real Groom With Henna On The Fingers & Palm

Groom Henna | Fingers 4

Real Groom With Henna On The Fingers

Mandala Henna for Grooms

You might not be conflicted about where you want your henna but rather what you want for a design. The basic yet classic mandala is a very common choice that’s still extremely on trend.

Groom Henna | Mandala 1

Real Groom With Mandala Design Henna

Groom Henna | Mandala 2

Real Groom With Mandala Design Henna

Religious Symbol based Groom Henna

For grooms with a spiritual bent, henna with designs featuring religious symbols and idols can be seen as a silent prayer for their future sacred union.

Groom Henna | Religious 1

Real Groom With Ganesh Henna

Groom Henna | Religious 2

Real Groom With Aum Henna

Groom Henna | Religious 3

Real Groom With Ganesh Henna

Groom Henna | Religious 4

Real Groom With Ganesh & Aum Henna

Initial based Groom Henna

For the totally henna-averse grooms who have to have something done for ceremonial purposes. It’s impossible to go wrong with initials.

Groom Henna | Initials 1

Real Groom With Initials In The Henna

Groom Henna | Initials 2

Real Groom With Initials In The Henna

Wedding Hashtag Groom Henna

If initials are just too basic, it’s easy to amplify the old trend by having the wedding hastag in henna instead.

Groom Henna | Wedding Hashtag 1

Real Groom With The Wedding Hastag In The Henna

Groom Henna | Wedding Hashtag 2

Real Groom With The Wedding Hastag In The Henna

Groom Henna | Wedding Hashtag 3

Real Groom With The Wedding Hastag In The Henna

Full Hands Groom Henna

For the grooms who aren’t worried about passé notions of masculinity and simply love henna. Hands full of henna have never been more on point and ultra cool so don’t even think twice about totally going for it.

Groom Henna | Full Hands 1

Real Groom With Hands Full Of Henna

Groom Henna | Full hands 2

Real Groom With Hands Full Of Henna

Groom Henna | Full hands 3

Real Groom With Hands Full Of Henna

And Feet Groom Henna!

Go all the way and get the feet henna as well if that’s what your heart desires. We have to admit there is a certain gender equalising flair to a man who isn’t afraid to challenge the norms and do his own thing.

Groom Henna | Feet 1

Real Groom With Henna On The Feet

Groom Henna | Feet 2

Real Groom With Henna On The Feet

Groom Henna | Feet 3

Real Groom With Henna On The Feet

 

Sources: Youtube.com, Wedmegood.com, Bollywoodshaadis.com

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