(Closed) Butterfly release???

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The swallowtail farms website is interesting in that they make quite a point on the instruction sheets of letting you know how to get your money back if the butterflies are dead.  Ick.  I’m not sure getting my money back would make up for that.

They "subdue" them for transit by keeping them cold, as they can’t fly when they are cold.  (You know how in the morning you see them sitting in the sun with their wings spread – to warm up enough to fly.)  So if you don’t get them to the right temperature, they can’t fly away, or can’t fly very well.  Also according to the instruction sheets on the website you have to warm them up slowly, and not let them get too hot.  It all probably goes okay if you have reasonably warm weather, but not too hot, and if you have someone with not much to do besides look after the butterflies.  Seems to me like it might be more trouble than its worth.

Post # 18
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was at a wedding a few years ago where they did a butterfly "release". The two main problems that I remember were 1) guests were not properly told what the little envelopes contained as they arrived and signed the guestbook, and I hate to say it, but I’m sure a few got shoved in pockets or sat on before people started to realize what they were and warn each other 2) the butterflies were still completely sudued, and about half of them did not fly away but lopped onto the ground, chairs etc. It was hard to avoid stepping or sitting on them.

The idea is pretty, but really, wrangling nature in an envelope, not such a nice idea…

Post # 19
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

It seems really cruel to me, and kind of wrong to "celebrate" your love and wedding with the death/injury of innocent animals. 

Post # 20
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have heard of this before, it seems to be getting more popular since it is better than throwing rice or silly string.  I have heard both horror stories, and great stories, but just like carrieitly said, you have to make sure your guests are aware of what is going on.

 I would also do your homework with who to buy your live butterflies from. The Butterfly-Wish website looks like the most reliable out of the sites I found.

 Good Luck!


Post # 21
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I do have to say I myself looked into them and our orginal location told us no. So if you are looking into it check to make sure its ok with your location. A friend had a major horror story because of the true die hard heat in the summer by time they released them most of them had sufficated in the little boxes  . So I wouldn’t want that to happen although I think it’s a beautiful idea, but it’s also nature, so if they are released in certain areas, climates and conditions they might not have a huge chance of survival

Post # 22
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

i would like to release butterflies, but it seems so cruel

Post # 23
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

  Im doing it, trying to find the right website now

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