(Closed) Butterfly Release

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think this is a very good idea.  Using live creatures for your entertainment/decor is inhumane.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve heard a lot of them die or don’t fly at all. I wouldn’t do it. As the PP said it’s pretty inhumane.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m pretty sure you don’t capture them, you buy them. There are websites that specialize in this- it’s usually like $100 for 24 butterflies.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve heard that a lot of them end up dying before the release.. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I understand what you are overall trying to achieve, but it’s pretty inhumane. What about another alternative like paper lanterns or balloons?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My sister did the butterfly release. And no you don’t capture them – you buy them and get them in white boxes the morning of or the day before. It was really pretty and She got a few good pictures because a butterfly landed on her shoulder. I don’t really think its inhumane so long as the weather that day is good temperature wise. She got married in July and it was beautiful that day but even mid 80’s were enough to kill off a few butterflies. They may have been left outside though for too long in the boxes which caused them to overheat. That was sad. So as long as you take precautions for weather i say go for it. If it was a summer wedding – i wouldn’t do it but otherwise you should be fine.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I think a lot of people will be offended if you do this at your wedding.

 

I would probably leave entirely. It’s unethical. They have lives too. Don’t treat them like a prop.

 

ETA: If you need live creatures, they have trained doves you can release. They just fly back around within a certain time span and go home. =) It’s really cute.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sorry, I agree with the PPs.  It’s inhumane and unethical.  There are other ways to achieve what you’re going for without throwing away the lives of living creatures.

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would not do this unless the butterflies were sourced from the local area, because introducing a new species, even just a hundred butterflies, can sometimes have a really big impact on the local ecosystem.  Even with locally sourced butterflies, I probably still wouldn’t do this; there are quite a few that will die in the couple of hours that they’re in the box, and it just seems a little too over-the-top for me.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I do not support using live animals for your own enjoyment, and just to make a good photo op.

I also oppose helium balloon release, as it is so harmful to the environment.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I went to a wedding that had this. When we opened the envelopes, they were all dead. Not only was it a sad waste of life, it made the whole “joyful exit” fall flat. Please don’t do it.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’d be really upset and sad if I went to a wedding that did this. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would be sad if I went to a wedding and saw this. I watched one of those wedding shows where the buttrflies had all died when they went to release them…so sad.

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