To Henna Or Not To Henna?

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Henna is a right of passage for every Egyptian bride, whether it’s your mother, aunt, or grandmother that throws the party and invites all the women, it ends up happening. Although recently a lot of women have been shying away from the henna night and opt going out with their girlfriends for a nice dinner instead. How do you make that decision though? To henna or not to henna is a question beyond just what are your plans before your wedding, it’s a question about culture and heritage. 

To Henna 

From a very young age, you were probably taken to a henna night in which you saw all your older female family members have fun and dance and really let loose and have a good night. There would be dancing, there would be a laughing and food of course. You would also see all your aunts dress comfortably and if they were veiled they would take off the hijab as they are in the company of women of course. 

Whether it’s in a rented out venue with a proper theme and a female DJ to keep the tunes coming, or in someone's apartment with a stereo and just some fizzy drinks, you have experienced the beauty that is the henna. There is of course a henna lady that specialises in all the designs you would like and although not usually done by the bride but mainly her guests, it’s a memorable and enjoyable experience, but is it necessary? 

Read more: 8 Things to Get Done 2 Days before Your Henna Night

Not To Henna 

Lately, more and more women choose to take a more modernised approach and skip the henna in a way to skip the hassle and everything that comes with it. From the invitation to the preparation and the capability of it getting out of hand due to the expectations of this show-stopping event. Also, everything that comes with it, like do you want to have a special venue and put out a tent and have it in a garden, or do you want it to be a small event at home with just some of your close friends. If it’s just your close friends then why not just go out together for a nice dinner? 

The question of the necessity of a Henna is actually solely about if the bride wants to have one and if her family would like her to have one. It can be very fun to have all your family and friends over for a girls night and have a henna lady paint on your skin and draw beautiful designs, but it can also be fun to have a nice dinner in a fancy restaurant and celebrate that your friend is getting married with your close circle. 

There is no right answer on whether to henna or not to henna it’s all about preference, although we began noticing a lot of newlyweds now would rather have a dinner out instead of a party at home, in the end of the day it’s about celebrating the bride in whatever way she would like. 

 

Henna is a right of passage for every Egyptian bride, whether it’s your mother, aunt, or grandmother that throws the party and invites all the women, it ends up happening. Although recently a lot of women have been shying away from the henna night and opt going out with their girlfriends for a nice dinner instead. How do you make that decision though? To henna or not to henna is a question beyond just what are your plans before your wedding, it’s a question about culture and heritage. 

To Henna 

From a very young age, you were probably taken to a henna night in which you saw all your older female family members have fun and dance and really let loose and have a good night. There would be dancing, there would be a laughing and food of course. You would also see all your aunts dress comfortably and if they were veiled they would take off the hijab as they are in the company of women of course. 

Whether it’s in a rented out venue with a proper theme and a female DJ to keep the tunes coming, or in someone's apartment with a stereo and just some fizzy drinks, you have experienced the beauty that is the henna. There is of course a henna lady that specialises in all the designs you would like and although not usually done by the bride but mainly her guests, it’s a memorable and enjoyable experience, but is it necessary? 

Read more: 8 Things to Get Done 2 Days before Your Henna Night

Not To Henna 

Lately, more and more women choose to take a more modernised approach and skip the henna in a way to skip the hassle and everything that comes with it. From the invitation to the preparation and the capability of it getting out of hand due to the expectations of this show-stopping event. Also, everything that comes with it, like do you want to have a special venue and put out a tent and have it in a garden, or do you want it to be a small event at home with just some of your close friends. If it’s just your close friends then why not just go out together for a nice dinner? 

The question of the necessity of a Henna is actually solely about if the bride wants to have one and if her family would like her to have one. It can be very fun to have all your family and friends over for a girls night and have a henna lady paint on your skin and draw beautiful designs, but it can also be fun to have a nice dinner in a fancy restaurant and celebrate that your friend is getting married with your close circle. 

There is no right answer on whether to henna or not to henna it’s all about preference, although we began noticing a lot of newlyweds now would rather have a dinner out instead of a party at home, in the end of the day it’s about celebrating the bride in whatever way she would like. 

 

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