A White Dove Release on your wedding day symbolises that doves choose one partner for life and make this commitment until death. The white dove has been used throughout history as a symbol of Love, Peace, Purity, Faithfulness and Prosperity. It is said that if doves are seen on your wedding day, a happy home is assured.
The releasing of White Doves has been a tradition since the 5th Egyptian Dynasty (4.5 thousand years ago) and is an expression of love and inspiration in many cultures.
White doves have been illustrated in art, and recorded in literature for thousands of years. An old world custom in Europe and in the South Seas was to release doves at weddings to symbolise blessings, peace, love and prosperity for a married couple. White dove releases were also used at funerals as a freeing of the spirit and at special events as representations of love and joy! White doves play a key role in life’s celebrations because of the beauty and symbolism associated with them.
The Chinese culture is steeped in the meanings of doves. In fact, they regularly practice bird releases to ward off evil. For them doves represent peace and a long life.
The dove also represents peace and love in Christian faiths. You will have seen this theme prominently displayed at Christmas. Indeed, the Bible has referenced the importance of doves many times throughout its different books.
Doves play a huge role in mythology, too. Historically they were associated with the gods and considered sacred. Ancient Greeks and Romans gave white doves as gifts. Doves are considered devoted, loyal, trustworthy and honest.
To early Greeks and Romans, a dove release was an emblem of love, devotion, and caring. It was the sacred animal of Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love. In these ancient cultures, the groom would give a dove to the bride, symbolising his promise to care for her and for the family.
Throughout the world white doves are recognised as symbols of love, peace and harmony, so what could be more special than releasing white doves as part of your wedding celebration?
Weddings are wonderful, exciting, memorable days when lots of love and a huge amount of creative teamwork come together to give the bride and groom the best start possible to their married life. But because life is never straight-forward and high expectations are only achieved after hefty challenges are overcome, the run up can also be fraught with emotion. The good, the bad…. and yes, the sad. Bringing all these to a beautiful and fitting climax on her special day is every bride’s dream, and that very moment is captured in both the memory and photos of a White Dove Release.
“Like all brides I’d faced a number of challenges in the run up to my wedding – the usual, from what colour will all the bridesmaids agree on; to the more serious, family members getting sick and how to mark the presence of those who had passed away. They’d be in our thoughts, very much in our thoughts on the day, and somehow I wanted photographic evidence of that …… As the doves flew, rising white and shiny against a clear blue sky – one each for my husband and I, followed by three released by our bridesmaids that represented my mother and brother and my husband’s father, we knew they were with us, blessing our union . It was magical and very moving …. It became an awesome and memorable tribute.” Catherine Hove, Tamborine Mountain