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Frequently Asked Questions
My fiance and I are currently planning our wedding, and
we are very interested in dove release. Could you please explain to me some
info about it?
A dove release as a wedding is very special, but it does take some planning.
You should find a release business within 30 miles of your location from the
directory at this website (
www.whitedovesociety.org) The business will assist you in your planning,
and probably offer certain packages or displays.
How much does a dove release cost?
You should expect to pay $200 to $500 for a release from a reputable
company. There are many expenses from the initial purchase of the birds, the
loft, upkeep such as food and medicines and vaccines, training, replacement,
baskets, cages, display, advertising - and the list goes on. You want to
hire a professional company for quality, not someone who is doing this as a
How do I know that the birds will be safe and the
Be sure they are members of the International White Dove Society because
all members agree to adhere to a code of ethics.
I am writing my own vows and we are having a
dove release. Where can I find some poems or reading or information about
white doves to give me ideas.
If you would like to do a reading or poem
about white doves, go to
www.whitedoveceremony.com and there is a lovely book of poems
available either printed or as an e-book, and that site also shows some typical
displays that you could consider for weddings or funerals.
Where do the doves go when released?
White doves are highly trained athletes and they return to their home loft.
People often ask if all doves will fly home. NO. Only those that have been
properly bred with the "homing" instinct and correctly trained. NEVER release
doves that have not been trained to return home. Pet store birds or Turtle Doves
should never be released because they cannot be trained to return.
How do Release Doves know where "home" is?
Nobody really knows. But a well-trained dove can navigate 100's of miles to find
the way home. There are documented flights of over 1000 miles. But most white
dove release businesses keep within about 50 to 100 miles from home.
Will they make a mess at the ceremony?
It cannot be guaranteed, but birds usually do not defecate when flying so the
chances are slim.
When will the birds be released?
This is entirely up to you! There can be a lot of creativity in the timing and
location of your release. Discuss this the person doing the release so we can
plan the event perfectly. Never release birds close to sunset or after dark.
They must have time to fly home before dark so plan your ceremony to START about
1 to 2 hours before sunset, depending on the loca
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