This was the last dholki night we held, and probably the most fun, with henna, hot food and lots of silly dancing, Most brides I know apply their mehndi on two days before the big day to allow the colour to go fully dark, which is why our last dholki night was 2 days before the wedding, so that we could all get together and put on mehndi.
This was also the most busiest night, as most of our friends, family and neighbours turned up together on this day which made it even more enjoyable. And of course, they brought plenty of foody goodies with them, my favourite being the doughnuts!
This is the bride getting her henna done, she decided to have beautiful pattens from her hand all the way up to her upper arms, which looked beautiful when all of the mehndi was complete. She also got a little mehndi design on her feet, and then was free for the rest of the night to watch everyone dancing!
And of course, a lot of the girls managed to get our mehndi done too, with some beautiful results. We hired mehndi artists for two ours and managed to get as many hands covered as possible!
And this is the outfit I chose to wear, a teal-y turquoise long kameez with churidar bottoms, (from the store Dhanak) and a simple pair of khusay and earrings. I thought the colour of this outfit delicious, rich and deep, and the shape of dress itself was very flattering. Because I was going to be wearing mehndi, I didn't want to get hampered down with too much jewellery or bangles, so kept my accessories simple and stuck to a light pair of earrings. The outfit was very comfortable and the shoes were great for running around in!
The dholki nights ended on a great note, we were tired but very pleased with how much the guests enjoyed themselves, the beautiful mehndi patterns, the amazing food and the questionable dancing. It was a great way for us all to spend time together before the big day, and also let us channel our creative bugs - the only things we paid for the marquee hire (and carpet!) itself, the food was provided by ourselves and our guests, the decorations was done by myself and my sisters, and the music, dancing and games completed the nights!