Here’s a great way to add romantic elegance and symbolism to your wedding by releasing two White Doves at the end of your ceremony. White doves at weddings are symbolic of celebration, new beginnings, fidelity, peace, love, and serenity.
As a true symbol of Love, the White Dove chooses its mate for life, therefore they are a very fitting and final addition to any wedding. They create a magical atmosphere as they circle the skies before leaving on their new journey together.
Doves and pigeons are of the same family, and in a wedding dove release there are no doves involved at all. Even though the small dove is credited with creating striking wedding day ambiance, an actual dove is unfortunately a poor candidate for release.
The dove’s inadequate flying skills, lack of homing instinct, and skittish demeanor would invite suffering and starvation, or death at the mercy of predators, were it to be released into unknown territory. Doves should never be subjected to release. However, the dove’s slightly larger blood relative, the white homing pigeon, commonly referred to as a dove, is ideal for ceremonial releases.
Homing pigeons are trainable and more conducive to interaction with people. A wedding couple considering a release should investigate any dove release company to insure that only appropriate white homing pigeons are utilized. Other considerations to insure an effective release include:
• The use of only seasoned, healthy pigeons with many hours of flight time
• Training provided for the handling of the birds
• A professional dove handler on the premises during release
• A positive reputation for service and treatment of the pigeons
• Appropriate and timely delivery and set up
• Cage décor
• A current business license and bird health records
Pigeons rely on the sun and can only be released during daylight hours. A minimum of two hours before dusk is required for the safety of the birds during their flight home. Sunset and evening weddings are not appropriate for a dove release. They need to have ample time to find shelter before night sets in.
A successful dove release is one that sincerely addresses the well being of the birds, the guests’ view of the release ceremony, and the wedding couple’s involvement. When the release is undertaken with the health, comfort and safety of the birds in mind, the experience is the perfect addition for your wedding ceremony.
With careful planning everyone will enjoy a magical moment as the white doves reach for the sky, the hopes and the dreams of the wedding couple alive on their wings. Countless dreams and wishes have been launched on the wings of a dove, and with careful planning the inclusion of doves in the wedding ceremony can be amazing.
The environmentally friendly White Dove Release takes place during the bride and grooms first kiss! Often the Best Man and the Maid/Matron of Honor will release the doves as the couple kiss.
Larry’s Note: Here is a poem I wrote for a Butterfly release and have adapted it for the White Dove Release. You are welcome to use it in your ceremony or wedding program as long as you add the following credit:
Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com
Learn to Fly
Like a white dove is released
And unfolds its graceful wings,
A marriage grows and it develops
With the love each partner brings.
Your flight through life together
Is what you make it, full of Love
Spread your wings and learn to soar
As if with wings of a white dove.
Share together life’s great adventure
Now the two of you are one
Shower your lover with lots of kisses
Your infinite journey has just begun
Be a lover, friend and playmate
Learn to listen, laugh and cry
God has given you your wings,
But, you teach each other how to fly.
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is non-denominational, an award winning wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.
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