Post # 1
I am planning a bridal shower. The bride loves yoga, so we will be having a yoga session as part of the shower for those guests that want to participate.
I was thinking we could also do mehndi at the party. I would hire someone to come to the party and do the mehndi. Do you think it would be strange to do mehndi/henna at the party if neither the bride or groom (or I) are Indian?
Post # 3
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Maybe you can explain to us bees that don’t know what mehndi is? I’ve heard of henna (on the hands?).
I personally would think it’s odd to do yoga at a bridal shower. Wouldn’t most guests be dressed up and not be able to participate anyway?
Post # 4
I think it’d be awesome! Way better than the toilet paper dress game.
Post # 5
@prisigtr: The guests will know ahead of time that it is a yoga party. They will wear yoga clothes. It is somewhat non-traditional.
Mehndi is decorations on the skin, kinda like temporary tattoos, but are drawn onto the skin with henna. It is a big part of Indian culture to do mehndi before the wedding. (I’m no expert so if someone else with more knowledge wants to explain, please do!)
Post # 6
I love that idea! When I finally get married, I’ll be doing mehndi at my bridal shower. Even if no one there is Indian/Middle Eastern, I still think it is a wonderful thing to do. Anyone who doesn’t like the idea can always just say no (though it would be a good idea to make it clear that anyone who isn’t comfortable with the idea is not required to participate).
I wish I was coming to the shower you’re planning– it sounds wonderful, with yoga and mehndi!
Post # 7
@Creiddylad: +1, this sounds way better to me than a traditional shower.
Post # 8
I think it’s really going to depend on the guest list. If everyone is younger and/or active, then yoga could be a lot of fun. But if you have grandmothers and older relatives and friends, they might not be into it. What would they do while the bride and 1/2 the other guests are doing yoga? It just seems really awkward.
The mehndi would be fun no matter what though!
Post # 9
This sounds awesome, especially because I really hate traditional showers.
Post # 10
@babymakes3: I think it is a great idea 🙂 I think henna would be an easier way to explain it to people though. I’m having mehndi for my wedding because my fiance is of indian ascenstry (i’am not) and all my friends are super excited to get it done!
Post # 11
What are the average age of the guests at this shower?
The reason I ask is this….my MIL is 70. Grandma is 91. There is no way in hell they would get down on a yoga mat and do a downward dog. That ain’t gonna be flying. And quite honestly, when I exercise, I prefer to do it in the comfort of my own home. Alone. I really am not ok with stretching out with an entire entourage.
I’m not sure what the henna thing is about. I’m not familiar with that, so I cannot comment.
Post # 12
I agree that it depends on the guests list. Some people get offended and weirded out by anything, so they’ll be bother by it. However, if your guests are the more adventurous, open-minded sort, then they’ll probably love this.
FWIW, mehndi can last a rather long time (1-6 weeks) so that’s something to consider. I work at a corporate job so there’s no way I would get that applied since I have to go back to work on Monday. As such, it may be cost-effective to get a general idea of who would do this so that you don’t end up paying $$$ for only like 2 people to get this done.
Post # 13
I think henna is cool, however I’m allergic to it and cannot have it done. I would be sad and feel kind of left out if that was a big focus of the party. Also no one wants to find out allergies the hard way, I’ve done it and it sucks.
Post # 14
@JaneyDcat: The only grandma that might attend is the FMIL. She is older and probably wouldn’t do the yoga. The brides mother (55-ish) is active and can do yoga. There are only a few other older family members who would come to the shower. Just about everyone else is 28-32.
@RunsWithBears: I’m thinking the guests who don’t want to do yoga could start getting mehndi during that time. We are also thinking about doing a craft (making lavender sachets or something).
Post # 15
@babymakes3: It could work, but if you only have a small handful of guests (<4) who aren’t doing yoga, I still think it would be awkward. I would feel really bad if the grandma was left alone with no one to talk to (or only 1 other person she doesn’t know) while everyone else did the yoga. The key is going to make sure no one feels left out. At least the people who don’t do the mehndi can still hang out and socialize with those that are. But you can’t really socialize with people who are doing yoga.
IMO, I think it would be to do the mehndi and the craft. That way everyone can socialize and no one is left out because of their limited mobility.