An Indian bride with skinny arms showing off her mehndi that goes all the way to her biceps

How Long Does Bridal Mehndi Take?

We chatted with mehndi expert, Neha Assar from Neha Assar Artistry to get the skinny on just how long mehndi takes. Of course, everyone is different, but is a good guide so brides know what to expect!

Hands/Arms

  • heavy coverage front and back of hands: 45 mins
  • heavy coverage front and back up to elbows: 4 hours
  • heavy coverage front and back to the biceps: 6 hours

Feet/Legs

  • heavy coverage, both feet up to ankles: 1 hour
  • heavy coverage, feet & legs, up to calves: 2 hours
  • heavy coverage, feet and legs, to the knees: 3 hours plus
    An Indian bride's mehndi on her two hands
    Mehndi: Neha Assar Artistry; Photo: Greycard Photography; about 45 minutes to do two hands front and back.


    Intricate and heavy coverage mehndi design on an Indian bride's two hands and feet
    Mehndi: Neha Assar Artistry; Mehndi up to the elbows


An Indian bride with skinny arms showing off her mehndi that goes all the way to her biceps
Mehndi: Neha Assar Artistry; Mehndi up to the biceps

 

An Indian bride's photo of her hands, arms, feet, and legs, showing her beautiful mehndi design by Neha Assar.
Mehndi by Neha Assar Artistry up to the calves

 

Very heavy coverage of mehndi on an Indian bride
Mehndi by Hiral Henna up to the knees

Setting up for Mehndi:

  • Make sure you like the mehndi artist. You’re going to be spending several hours together!
  • Have at least one friend or family member there who can be your hands for a few hours – feed you!
  •  Set up a comfortable place to do mehndi, cuz you’re going to be sitting there for a while!
  • Ensure there’s plenty of light.
  • Make a music playlist using ShaadiShop’s mehndi song selection.

For more on mehndi, follow our mehndi Pinterest board.

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