Post # 1
I feel like I am the only one and I love the idea! We ordered about four dozen butterflies and they will come in individual envelopes that will be handed out to a few of the guests. After we read a poem, we ask the guests to open their butterflies for the release.
We bought only Monarch butterflies. The garden we are getting married in is actually tailored to Monarch butterflies and is directly in the path of the Monarch butterfly migration. Apparently they stop every year in the gardens for a week. The owners actually encouraged us to do the release since the butterflies can munch on the milkweed plants and it will allow them to plant more for the migration which happens at the end of August.
I am pumped and can’t wait!
Post # 3
No, but its a beautiful idea and I wish I had thought of it! Was it expensive?
Post # 4
Yes it was. It was one of our splurges (though I was really good and didn’t have too many of them). The Fiance had his heart set so I made it happen. It was about $84.00 a dozen, so about $380 w/ overnight shipping the day before.
After research I went with Monarchs because they are local to our area and fly in colder temperatures than the Painted Ladies. In MT, you never know what to expect!
Post # 5
Just FYI…this tends to be a very controversial topic, so be prepared!
I just went to a wedding that had one – and what I’ve seen on TV and witnessed in person is that the butterflies rarely “fly.” I think this is because you keep them at a cool temperature which causes them to sleep(?) and then it takes quite awhile for them to reanimate. The butterflies at this wedding did not leave the little boxes they were individually placed in, or they just dropped to the ground. If they are in the aisle, it’s hard for the bride and groom to avoid stepping on them.
I don’t want to rain on your splurge and I hope all goes well, just do some research about the best conditions for the butterflies.
Post # 6
Yeah, I read about it in a novel long ago (I think it was shopaholic ties the knot or something) and thought it was a pretty cool idea, although I didn’t plan on doing it for my wedding. The idea itself sound magical and captivating, but I agree with sarahsd — do a lot of research before deciding on it might turn out otherwise in reality. This thread has more about what people think/heard about butterfly release: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/butterfly-release-cruel-or-captivating
Post # 7
I am going to reanimate them about three hours before if it is cold and keep them in the bridal suite with me. For Monarchs, the perfect flying temperature is 75 – 85 degrees, which early August in Montana is usually about 75-80 degrees.
I got the Monarchs instead of Painted Ladies for that reason. Most people go with Painted Ladies since they are far less expensive, but they are smaller and won’t fly in temps below 85 degrees usually. Monarchs are definitely more flexible. Also they should be okay if it is raining.
I can understand where it is controversial with live animals, but I figure they are being released in a huge garden tailored specifically for Monarch butterflies by a science professor and his partner. The company I ordered them from also isn’t a cruel “farm” like other shops. I researched and called them. They truly love their little guys and treat them well while they are growing up. They may have cost me more going through this company, but I think it is worth it.
Post # 8
I think it is a very beautiful idea, but I don’t think we will be doing it for ours. Unless if it is something that we really want. But if/when you do it, make sure the photographer takes some pictures of the release, I think that would be awesome to see!
Post # 9
It is a gorgeous sight to see. A family member of mine handed a butterfly out to each guest before the ceremony. Right after they said their vows we released the butterflys and they seemed to all fly upwards. Great idea!
Post # 10
Well it definitely sounds like you’ve checked everything to make sure you’re doing this right – it sounds very cool. I’ve been to one of the places in Monterey where butterflies stop off on their migration – it’s a little one block forest that’s filled with Monarchs – it’s amazing.