Q: I’m getting married soon, and I would like to know what are the prerequisites for a Walimah to take place? Does the Nikah have to be physically consummated? What period of time should there be between the Nikah and the Walimah? Will the Nikah and Walimah be invalid if the marriage isn’t physically consummated?
A: The Walimah should be held ideally after the physical consummation of the Nikah.
However, it is permissible if it is held after the couple have spent a sufficient amount of time in seclusion together in which they could have consummated the marriage.
And Allah Knows Best
Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept.