Question: As it is well-known, answering the invitation of the walimah is obligatory. However, nowadays, sometimes the food is not placed except late at night. So what does a person do if he is invited to it?
Answer: “This is not appropriate because most of the night or a large portion of the night is gone. So in the likes of this, he seeks an excuse from attending or he attends to supplicate for them and returns before the food arrives and before the people gather”.
[Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 423]
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan