05 May Mehndi Night Party – Royal Horticultural Halls in Pimlico
If you’re a regular reader of our blog you will have seen recent posts about Leanne and Abhi’s wedding celebrations. Well, we have two more posts for you so, on we go to the Mehndi Night party celebrations. This was held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Pimlico which is a stunning venue and perfect for an event with this amount of guests and a milestone for us as it was our first large scale Mehndi night party. Multiple food carts lined the room and another absolute feast was enjoyed by everyone. Several traditions were observed with gifts being presented by younger family members to Abhi and Leanne, followed by the most fantastic dancing, Raas-Garba, which saw everyone join in as they were led by the happy couple around the room as a single mass of vibrant colour covered the entire dance floor. This was followed by some energetic dancing with traditional decorated sticks, Dardia, which again had everyone up and moving, with small sub dances going on in the bar! This really was a magical night and it was held together wonderfully by the fabulous Apoorv Shah and his band. The Mehndi night party ended at Midnight and we could have carried on for hours, but beauty sleep was needed as we due to be up bright and early for the Hindu ceremony which was to be the finale of this extraordinary week of wedding celebrations.