WHite Doves at Weddings - Bringing Back an Age Old Tradition

Written by Tamara Baker

For thousands of years, white doves have been a traditional symbol in wedding ceremonies.

Torepparttar ancient Egyptians,repparttar 110026 dove represented quiet innocence. The Chinese sawrepparttar 110027 dove as a symbol of peace and long life. To early Greeks and Romans, doves symbolised love, devotion, and caring.

The dove wasrepparttar 110028 sacred animal of Aphrodite and Venus,repparttar 110029 goddesses of love.

In these ancient cultures,repparttar 110030 groom would give a dove torepparttar 110031 bride, symbolising his promise to help care for her and forrepparttar 110032 family.

These days, Doves are regularly released at weddings as a blessing for repparttar 110033 bride and groom. Doves pair up for life, so they are a true representation of love and repparttar 110034 eternal commitment that a couple have made.

This tradition has become hugely popular at weddings inrepparttar 110035 United States, Canada andrepparttar 110036 UK in recent years. It is also quickly gaining popularity in Australia. There are many bird fanciers that have put their expertise to providing doves for release at events in their local area.

It is easy to have a spectacular white dove release at your own wedding that is just as enchanting as it would have been for people that participated inrepparttar 110037 weddings of ancient times (probably much more!).

WHite dove releasing is an art-form. There is much more to it than meetsrepparttar 110038 eye. In order to explain this, I am going to reveal a secret to you. (SHHH! Don't tell anyone!)

The White Doves that go to weddings are actually white racing pigeons. Doves and Pigeons are a bit like cousins inrepparttar 110039 animal world. They are not exactlyrepparttar 110040 same, but they are very similar. Only a bird expert would be able to spotrepparttar 110041 difference at a wedding.

It is important that only pigeons are released at weddings. The reason for this is thatrepparttar 110042 pigeons have a homing instinct,repparttar 110043 ability to fly back to their home after they are released. Whereas real doves would just fly up into a tree. You can't get them back so they'd have to fend for themselves. How very cruel!

That is whererepparttar 110044 "art-form" I was talking about comes into it. Professional Dove Releasers start by selectively breedingrepparttar 110045 most beautiful white pigeons, withrepparttar 110046 pigeons that haverepparttar 110047 stongest homing instinct. This happens long before they attend your wedding, taking everyone's breath away. There is a lot of effort involved to getrepparttar 110048 birds with justrepparttar 110049 right mix of beauty and brains! These birds then go through an intense training period forrepparttar 110050 first year of their life -just like athletes preparing forrepparttar 110051 olympics. After this we are confident that they will be able to fly home from anywhere within a 80km radius. In my case, birds fromrepparttar 110052 Heavenly Doves loft must be able to fly home from anywhere in Sydney. (Racing pigeons can fly back to their home loft from hundreds or thousands of kms away). Using racing pigeons isrepparttar 110053 only humane way to release "doves" because repparttar 110054 birds will always go home to be well cared for with plenty of food, water and security afterrepparttar 110055 ceremony is over.

We also chooserepparttar 110056 birds with a good nature and get them used to being handled by people (especially nervous newlyweds)so that you can be confident thatrepparttar 110057 doves will be relaxed at your ceremony - No pecking Birds!

The other aspect ofrepparttar 110058 "art-form" isrepparttar 110059 way thatrepparttar 110060 doves are presented and released at your wedding. It is essential to have an experienced dove release attendant atrepparttar 110061 wedding. Firstly because we have a whole assortment of ornamental cages and baskets that you can choose to have your doves displayed in, plus you haverepparttar 110062 choice of releasingrepparttar 110063 doves from your hands or directly from their cage or basket. Secondly, an important part of a good dove release isrepparttar 110064 placement of repparttar 110065 doves andrepparttar 110066 timing. By this I mean performingrepparttar 110067 dove release atrepparttar 110068 best location and duringrepparttar 110069 part of repparttar 110070 ceremony that makes it a memorable experience forrepparttar 110071 bride, groom and guests. We make it a high priority to ensure good photos and video footage too. Professional Dove releasers have to go to many weddings to learn good placement and timing.

EmpyreLounge.com announces Top 50 CDs of 2004

Written by EmpyreLounge.com

EmpyreLounge.com is proud to present our picks forrepparttar top 50 CDs ofrepparttar 110025 year. “The Top 50 CDs ofrepparttar 110026 Year” was written byrepparttar 110027 EmpyreLounge.com editorial staff, with assistance from a selected group of frequent visitors & contributors. The Top 50 CDs includes a diverse set of artists including Prince, Snow Patrol, Elliot Smith, Velvet Revolver, Ray Lamontagne, The Killers, Breaking Benjamin, Ingram Hill, and John Frusciante. To viewrepparttar 110028 Top 50 CDs of 2004, navigate to http://www.empyrelounge.com/cd/2004/bestof/

Previously Philly based,repparttar 110029 EmpyreLounge.com has recently moved to Boston, MA and looks to continue our

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