There are many relatively new traditions creeping into modern weddings and a wedding dove release is one of them. Doves have long been a wedding motif as they symbolise love, peace, and happiness, so it makes sense to include them in your wedding plans. Here are some things to consider if you’re planning a wedding dove release:
Releasing wedding doves at your ceremony is a romantic and symbolic gesture. You and your fiancé could set free a bridal pair; two doves that circle above you and then fly away, symbolising the start of your life together.
Your family, bridesmaids, and ushers are also able to release a flock of doves, usually one each, to join the bridal pair. This symbolises their support of your marriage. To commemorate an absent friend who is present in spirit but not physically you can release another single dove to join the bridal pair.
Here are a few of the practical arrangements you must consider before you set your mind on white wedding doves:
If you don’t want to include a dove release in your wedding ceremony you could use doves as decorations instead. Ornamental bird cages accessorised with your wedding flowers create beautiful wedding decorations, and including a white dove inside completes the look. Wedding doves could only be placed as decorations for a limited time so they couldn’t be table centres. Bird cages come in many sizes and shapes and could be included at the entrance to your ceremony or reception.
Another option if you like the idea of having symbolic wedding doves but don’t wish to release them, is to have white fantail doves present at your reception. They can’t fly very far so they will just wander around amongst your guests, twirling occasionally as if they are dancing and as the name suggests they have beautiful fan shaped tail feathers.