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Dove Release in a Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Dove Release
Jim and Carrie release doves in their wedding ceremony at their residence.


When Your Dreams Take Flight

A dove release takes place at the ceremony's conclusion. Typically, the company providing the doves will send a handler to your ceremony with either two doves or a dozen or so depending on your needs.

Dove ReleaseAt the ceremony's conclusion, but before the first kiss, the handler will come up and carefully place a dove into the hands of the bride and the groom. With all ready, I will ask the couple to release their doves and turn to embrace (their first kiss as husband and wife). The audience applauds, but unknown to them, the handler releases a large number of doves which have been kept out of sight. The air fills with winged flight resulting in a compounding of the applause punctuated by a lot of "oooohs" and "ahhhhs!"

Dove releases should not take place past mid-day as doves don't care to fly at night. Doves are pigeons, and homing pigeons at that. Though the handler may have traveled 75 miles to the wedding site to release them, the birds will fly right back to where he brought them from, where they will be waiting for him to feed them when he returns. Next weekend, they'll be used in yet another wedding. Dove releases are fun to watch and eminently photogenic and always bring excitement to the on-looking guests.

 

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