Bridal Bad Dreams

We all have at least one of them in the season.  The bad dream bridal client that wants to get everything done by you and pay you pennies!  

Here are some scenarios and respectful responses to give to clients when they are wanting to pinch pennies (which don’t even exist in Canada anymore), and get the best work done.

I just want a simple bridal design which shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to an hour max.

“Quality bridal henna designs cannot be rushed when applied.  Even the simplest henna design should be applied with great care so that it’s perfect for your day.  Unless you want something similar to a strip design, please keep in mind that you should estimate a minimum of 15 minutes to half hour for each design.  Perhaps you can send me a photo of the design you are looking to get done and I can give you a more accurate estimate of how much time is required for your bridal application.”

I only want you there for 2 hours.  We will have 35 women attending the party. 

“Usually, when henna is free, everyone wants to get some done.  Even the most simple henna designs will take about 5 minutes to complete.  I will do my best to get through everyone, but I certainly cannot get through all the guests in time.  You should average a minimum of 5 minutes per person, and for some people, keep in mind that they will insist on getting more than one design done, or getting a fuller design (which will take longer to complete).  Perhaps you should ask a family member there to do henna for the guests at the same time.  You can also hire me for longer, or hire another artist.”

Standard wedding design | $5.00 design | 5 minute mehndi design

I want you to come do my bridal henna around 5:00pm—then we are going to have a sangeet party at 7:00 and the ceremony where the women are going to rub the yellow stuff (haldi) on me.

“Your bridal henna should take about 2-4 hours to complete depending on what you want to get done.  I really recommend doing your bridal henna earlier so that we have enough time to do it all before your guests arrive.  The last thing I want is for your bridal henna to be disturbed because an auntie or kid wants to hug you.  Believe me, it’s impossible to fix a smudge, and the henna will stain slightly, and I know you certainly don’t want that for your bridal henna.”