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 caught up with mehndi expert, Neha Assar from Neha Assar Artistry to get the skinny on just how long does bridal mehndi take? It varies, but this still a useful guide to help you plan!

How long bridal mehndi take depends on:

  • how many limbs
  • how much coverage
  • intricacy of the designs

In this article we specifically break down the time to allot based on several scenarios.

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

How to Setup For Your 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.

This article answers the question how long does bridal mehndi take? We detailed how much time to allot based on number of limbs, coverage, and design intricacy.

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