(Closed) What do you do at a Walima!?

posted 7 years ago in Muslim
Post # 3
3 posts

Hi assalaam alaykum!

Congrats on your marriage! After the nikkah there is usually a reception from the bride’s side. Its the traditional “wedding” function, and sometimes the nikkah even happens on site for all the guests to see. A walima is a sunnah and is a reception from the groom’s side- and usually is just an event where the guests eat and the new couple mingles with their guests- as opposed to sitting on stage the entire time. Also, the bride doesn’t usually wear red (as she would on her wedding). there are no customs associated with a walima, but having been to plenty myself- it usually just starts with the bride and groom entering together, walking down the aisle (as a married couple), then sitting on stage, maybe some speeches from friends or family of the groom, a cake cutting, then mingling with guests. In any case, have fun and congrats! May Allah bless your union

Post # 5
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@lizardspots:  I could help you out a little since I’m muslim and fairly religious so I’ve been to a lot of walimas. A lot of people do the nikah and walima together which usually follows the timeline of cocktail hour, nikah, dinner, speeches, dessert. If you do a small nikah and a bigger walima, it’s basically dinner and some speeches but you could incorporate a fun game into it like the shoe game (you can google it if you’ve never seen it) you can exchange rings if you’d like, you can toss your bouquet, have a photobooth..you get the idea. In my area, both public and private nikahs are common.

hope that helps 🙂

Post # 6
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

yasssk :  Hello…..your answer is really informative. Can you tell me if there’s any links to religion anywhere or customs? Or is it a religious free custom free meal?


Thank you 🙂

Post # 7
364 posts
Helper bee

katielocke6 :  I don’t know if there is one common set of customs. It seems to largely depend on the culture of the families. For instance, my Fiance is Indian and nearly all of what we are doing at the wedding and reception (besides the very specific and few nikkah requirements) are Indian customs and non-Muslim Indian weddings often tend to do them as well, while some non-Indian Muslims probably do not. (henna/mehndi on the groom’s finger, certain grand entrances, flower garlands, shoe game, certain dance/song performances, certain music).

Post # 8
4 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

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