(Closed) Butterfly release

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

people actually do this?! God, I hope they use a native species in a season when they can survive. Sounds like a butterfly massacre to me. Am I totally wrong?

How does a butterfly release work? I’m prepared to get schooled…

Post # 4
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi- there was a post like this before… it got a ton of negative feedback because a lot of people think it’s cruel… I guess a ton of them die during raising and storing them…and there are many animal activists on here.

I’d stick to bubbles if I were you! 🙂

Good Luck!!!


EDIT- I meant Animal LOVERS… not hard core activists… my typing got ahead of me! 🙂

Post # 5
990 posts
Busy bee

I also heard of a lot of butteflies dying the process because they are supposed to be frozen until a couple of hours til they’re released, that lulls them into a sleep state. But if done properly, it wouldnt be too bad. I was contemplating this myself, btu keep in mind there is a rate of butterflies that will die.

Post # 6
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am not much of an animal rights activist, but I would recommend against the butterfly for similar reasons as above.  My parents told me about a wedding they went to where this was done, and they said it was the most sad/humorous sight they had seen.  Most of the butterflies were dead, so you had a happy couple surrounded by gross, dead/nearly dead butterflies.  That’s probably not the look you’re going for, so I would recommend bubbles!

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

Definitely not an animal activist but this is cruel to the butterflies. Many die in transit and are dead in the packages when guests go to release them. The ones that do survive are so traumatized by the experience that they do not fly away as they are said to. I personally have never heard of a positive experience by anyone using butterflies.

Post # 8
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I shared my experience on the other thread but I would advise against a butterfly release. I witnessed this while working at a hotel that often hosts wedings. Some butterflies were still frozen,some dead and some flew but it’s the ones that fall to the ground that just kind of make people say eww and think about dead things. Small children are intrigued by the ones that don’t fly away and sea guls see them as an easy snack. Not something I would want to deal with.

Post # 9
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I will echo what everyone else has said – most of the butterflies do not survive, so it doesn’t look nearly as nice as you’d like it to. Plus, it seems awfully cruel to the butterflies, IMO.

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