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How Much Does Releasing Doves Cost?

 
low costTwo Doves: $150-$350 average costMedium: $200-$500 high costHigh: $500-$700+
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  Typical costs:
  • Costs to release doves will vary based on the number of doves being released and any extras, such as music, props and flowers. On the low end, releasing doves can cost $150-$350 for a pair doves at a wedding -- or for a basic to mid-range dove release for a funeral. For example, prices at A Touch Above, in Florida, start at $150 for a two-dove release[1] . Memory Makers, in Pennsylvania, charges at least $200 for a basic wedding package with two white doves[2] released from a wicker basket on a pedestal with music. They charge the same for a six-dove package for a funeral. White Doves of Modesto, in California, charges $275-$350, depending on location of the event, for a two-dove wedding package[3] . They charge $175 for an eight-dove package for a funeral or $250 for a 21-dove package for a funeral. Their funeral packages include the release of one dove by the family first.
  • In the mid range, releasing doves can cost $200-$500 or more for 10-20 doves, music and flowers for a wedding -- or a more elaborate dove release for a funeral. For example, Memory Makers charges $400 for a wedding package that includes 20 white doves[4] with two baskets of white roses and music during the release. This includes a small wicker basket with two white doves to be released by the bride and groom. White Doves of Modesto charges $400-$500 or more, depending on the location of the event, for the release of 20 doves[5] and two more released by the bride and groom. White Doves of Modesto charges $400-$500 for the release of eight "confetti doves"[6] , birds that have been dyed various colors using a safe, veterinarian-approved dye. And White Doves of Modesto charges $500 for a 50-dove release for a funeral.
  • On the high end, releasing doves can cost $500-$700 or more for 30-plus doves, flowers and music for a wedding. Memory Makers charges $500 for 30 white doves[7] including two released by the bride and groom, three baskets of white roses and music. White Doves of Modesto charges $700 for the release of 50 doves[8] , from four large decorated containers, for a wedding.
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What should be included:
  • The doves -- a special type descended from homing pigeons -- should be healthy, clean and cared for well. A dove release should include an experienced dove handler who will coordinate and manage the release so it goes smoothly. It also typically includes attractive containers to hold the doves before the release, and it sometimes includes music.
  • After the release, the doves -- which have natural homing abilities and also have been trained -- fly into the sky above the event, then fly home.
Additional costs:
  • Some businesses might charge extra for travel time, depending on the location of the event. For example, Memory Makers, in Pennsylvania, charges an extra [9] for events more than 15 miles from the business location or $100 for events more than 40 miles away. (For funerals, they charge $50 for events more than 40 miles away.)
  • Some companies offer additional doves for posed photos with the bride and groom. White Doves of Modesto offers photos with any package[10] for an additional $75.
  • White Doves of Modesto will add one of its dyed "confetti doves"[11] in any color to any package for an extra $80.
Discounts:
  • Some dove release businesses run periodic specials For example, White Doves of Modesto has a monthly bridal special[12] , which in June 2013 was $100 off the regular price.
Shopping for releasing doves:
  • It is important to consider anticipated weather and time of day when shopping for a dove release. Dove release companies typically will not release their doves in bad weather or near dark. White Doves of Modesto will not allow their birds to fly in windy, rainy or foggy weather and will return a deposit if the release is cancelled due to weather.
  • Before hiring a dove release company, it is a good idea to ask how their doves are cared for and trained, and to request photos of past dove-release events. Some companies might allow prospective customers to visit the business to see the birds and their living conditions before booking.
  • The Professional White Dove Release Association offers a directory of dove release companies[13] by location.
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Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Delta Smith in Decatur, TN.Posted: April 21st, 2021 08:04AM
Release Company: Walnut Grove ChurchNumber of Doves: 4
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Posted by: Yolanda Sosnowski in Oak Lawn, IL.Posted: April 17th, 2019 08:04PM
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PLEASE have someone call me, I’d like to speak to a REAL person regarding release of Doves for my daughters friend who ONLY has a few weeks to live... diagnosed with cancer AND I’d like to get doves released for his funeral....he’s ONLY 25...a wonderful family please call me Yolanda Sosnowski (708)218-0705
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Special Moments White Dove Release in the Modesto area
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Elizabeth95367 in Hughson, CA.Posted: December 21st, 2016 07:12AM
Release Company: Special Moments White Dove ReleaseNumber of Doves: 40
Special Moments White Dove Release are very generous always adds more birds to their packages. I was referred by Lakewood Funeral Home in hughson Ca. Was amazing service 5star service.
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Posted by: a user in Anderson sc, SC.Posted: February 4th, 2016 02:02PM
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External Resources:
  1.  www.atouchabovedoves.com/weddings.htm
  2.  www.memorymakers.net/packages.htm
  3.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/Wedding_Doves_in_California.html
  4.  www.memorymakers.net/packages.htm
  5.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/Wedding_Doves_in_California.html
  6.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/ConfettiFlock.html
  7.  www.memorymakers.net/packages.htm
  8.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/Wedding_Doves_in_California.html
  9.  www.memorymakers.net/packages.htm
  10.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/Wedding_Doves_in_California.html
  11.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/ConfettiFlock.html
  12.  www.whitedovesofmodesto.com/Wedding_Special.html
  13.  whitedovespa.org/find_a_release.html
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