(Closed) Butterfly Release

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I haven’t done one but my fiancee did one in his prior marriage and he said most of the butterflies didn’t even fly. It turned out to be very anti-climactic and a bit depressing. I’ve heard this from others too. 

Don’t want to burst your idea bubble, or be negative, but I wanted to make sure you knew that the butterflies have to be kept in the fridge to help them hibernate I suppose and often they don’t fly at wedding time. I’ve heard of them falling to the ground even. Not good for them OR for your wedding. Maybe pick a different route??

 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

My cousin did a butterfly release at her wedding. She had all the butterflys in envelopes for guests to hold and then open at the end of the ceremony. I would sat 1 in 3 flew. a few were crushed and a TON of people had major ethical concerns about it.

(I personally think it is incredibly cruel, but I kept my mouth shut and chose not to take an envelope)

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love this idea. I was thinking about just my Fiance and I letting one go since I’m sure it’s expensive to order 120 butterflies. I’d love to see this in real life I’ve been to butterfly houses and it’s so awesome to see so many butterflies at once!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  

In real life, most of them are stunned from the sudden light exposure/temp change and just fall to the ground – if they’re not dead.

Butterfly houses are gorgeous though – so perhaps have your ceremony near one and take photos there?  I know a few butterfly places that do weddings on site too.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mandypop:  I planned to raise my own butterflies if we do this. We’ve done this at my old job every year without any problems. =)

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I personally think its a very cute idea but the one wedding that I saw that “attempted” to do this, did not turn out very well. All th butterflies were stuck in the envelope and didnt fly.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You should do a puppy release instead.  They are less likely to get crushed to death in an envelope.  There are thousands upon thousands of homeless animals euthanized every year due to overcrowding in shelters, so if you’re going to use living creatures as props for your wedding, you may as well use some cute pups already on death row…then people can take them home as favors 🙂

 

**Disclaimer: no puppies were harmed in the writing of this post.

**Also- it is written in sarcasm font.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DaneLady:  Win x 567436786543

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@DaneLady:  LOL. Careful now, that may actually sound like a good idea to some…

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

This is one of those things that seems like a better idea than it usually is.  In addition to the ethical concerns, (which are plenty), the resulting photographs tend to end up looking more like this:

In the set of photos from the butterfly release from this wedding, I don’t think there was even one usable image of the bride and groom.  A few cute ones of the flower girl, but overall, not a great result.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GDub:  HAHAHAHA

@DaneLady:  I’m totally doing this at my future wedding. Maybe we can add it to the Lisa Frank discussion from a few weeks ago if we give them a temp dye in neon?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Every time I see this done on TV (i.e. Four Weddings) the butterflies don’t even fly and it ends up looking ridiculous. I also believe it is very cruel (sorry, gotta be honest). I would NEVER do it.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jpalm13:  Dying puppies neon colors is just cruel.

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