One idea is to release 3 doves for the Trinity, then 2 for the bride and groom, then the rest of them, for the concept of community.
Here are some readings:
Ceremonial Dove Release
The “Ceremonial Dove Release” has been a custom for centuries. The “Noblemen of Olde” released the dove as symbols of their eternal love for their brides to be. 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. These birds released here today represent the love and commitment you have given to one another this day. From this day forward, whenever you see a white dove, may you be reminded of this moment”
Release of Doves
The release of Doves in ceremonies extends the message of Peace, the celebration of Life, and the expression of Love. Releasing doves uplifts the eyes, signifies new beginnings and true celebrations in flight. In Scripture doves are more numerous than all other species. Luke 3:22 states: “The heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove.” The dove is the symbol of peace, and the presence of the Spirit. They have been chosen by God to be the messengers of the day.
Legend of the Dove
Once the Lord of heaven chose two doves, both young and fair, and told them of a very special journey they would share. “Go now upon the earth and see two hearts where you may dwell, and there I shall surely come and make my home with you as well. We’ll join the two and make them one. A Husband and his Wife, my spirit will endow their love with everlasting life.” Today the Doves will bring the sacred promise from above, to those whose hearts are open to the miracle of LOVE.
Wedding Related Poetry & Language
For many centuries, the White Dove has been an emblem of Peace, Love and New Beginnings. As a symbolic gesture, to seal their marriage vows,
(bride and groom) are now going to release these two pure white birds. The Doves will fly upwards and circle above us a few times, then fly home together, as a pair. This symbolizes our newly-wed couple setting off on their journey in life together, in harmony. (bride and groom), we wish for you, that your life together will be long, rich and rewarding. May your marriage carry with it all the wonderful qualities that the White Dove represents.
As you begin your new journey as husband and wife, let this pair of doves symbolize the love and devotion that will grow through your years together. The memory of these two of nature’s creatures, who bond together for life, will serve as inspiration as you both go forth — traveling a path sarted by two, and combining as one with a never ending love for one another.
The Legend of the Doves One the Lord of Heaven chose two doves, both young and fair and told them of a very special journey they would share. “Go now upon the earth and seek two hearts where you may dwell, and there I shall surely come and make my home with you as well. We’ll join the two and make them one. A Husband and a Wife, my spirit will endow their love with everlasting life. ” Today the Doves still bring the sacred promise from above, to those whose hearts are open to the miracle of love.
On Wings of Love these white birds are a symbol of a public confession of true love. Spreading news for all to see, this marriage is made of Peace, Harmony and Unity. White winged messengers, set free today, are sent with blessings that will never fade away.
(Bride) and (Groom) are now going to release these two pure white doves. The Doves will fly upwards and circle above us a few times, then fly home together as a pair. This symbolizes our newly-wed couple setting off on their life together, in harmony. (Bride) and (Groom), we pray that your life together will be prosperous in spirit, soul and body. May your marriage carry with it all the wonderful qualities of the Holy Spirit that the White Dove represents.
Dove Poem Two doves meeting in the sky Two loves hand in hand,
eye to eye Two parts of a loving whole Two hearts and a single soul
Two stars shining big and bright Two fires bringing warmth and light
Two songs played in perfect tune Two flowers growing into bloom
Two Doves gliding in the air Two loves free without a care
Two parts of a loving whole Two hearts and a single soul.