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White Water Doves

White Dove Releases for any occasion

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Our goal is to surpass your expectations and leave your audience impressed with the show.

Service Details:


Our Birds

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What you can expect from us:

We will help you design the release so it has special significance for you and your family.
We will communicate with your photographer to determine the best display location/angle for picutures.
We will arrive early to set up any necessary release equipment.

Staff will maintain professionalism at all times and dess appropriately for your event.
We will release birds only under safe conditions:
==> during daylight hours
==> with enough time to return home before sunset
==&gt under safe flying conditions -- high winds, sleet, thunderstorms, heavy rain or fog make homing difficult and may necessitate canceling the release.
We will take reasonable precautions to minimize risks to you, your guests, and our birds.

What we expect from you:

To keep us informed about any time or location changes.
To clearly state your desires and goals for the release.
To provide a $50 deposit to reserve doves on the date you have chosen.
To pay the balance due two weeks before the special event.
To understand that the safety of you, your guests, and our birds is of utmost importance.
To realize our time has value. Release delays are subject to a fee of $25 per hour.

Cancelations & Refunds

If weather prevents us from attending, we will provide a full refund minus $50.
If weather conditions prohibit a release after our arrival, 50% of the fee will be refunded, the other 50% will be kept for time and travel. The decision to release the doves, or not, is made by White Water Doves employees.

If your ceremony runs late and our birds do not have time to return home before sunset, we will not release the birds and we will not issue a refund.

White our birds are well trained and utmost care is given to professional handling, White Water Doves is not responsible for misbehaving birds or accidents.

Home by Sunset

Visit the Sunset calculator web site to calculate sunset on the evening of your event.

During the summer, the birds need 2 minutes for each mile they fly to Epworth. So a release in Dubuque, 15 miles away, needs to be done at least 30 minutes before sunset in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, the birds need 3 minutes for each mile distant from Epworth. So for a 20 mile flight in fall or winter, the birds would need to be released at least 1 hour before sunset. They don't fly slower in the winter-- the sky gets dark faster after sunset in fall and winter. The birds have no time after a fall or winter sunset to correct a navigation mistake and make it home before a cold, dark, and possibly windy night is upon them.

Wedding Planning file download

Click on the file below to download the PDF we use to plan your white dove release. This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader/Viewer to view.

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