Post # 1
Alright Bees – I’ll begrudgingly admit that I’ve seen my fair share of “Four Weddings” episodes. I’ve noticed in a few of them that the couple is releasing butterflies immediately after the ceremony (from a little box, where, up until the release, the butterflies are wrapped in a long stream of paper).
I can’t say I’ve ever seen this in real life, and honestly, I don’t understand the meaning behind it or the point (no one on the show has really explained it). Has anyone does this or is planning to do this who can please enlighten me? 🙂
Post # 3
I would like to know too. Watching it on Four Weddings it looks just cruel. Especially the one where they were in a box and he just threw them in the air and they fell to the ground. Great….
Post # 4
I saw that on Four Weddings where they all fell to the ground dead. I’m not usually superstitious, but it’s gotta be bad luck to start your marriage with dozens of dead creatures around you!
Post # 5
@misslene: That’s so sad! I was watching 2 and a Half Men the other day and all the dead butterflies fell to the ground, which was funny because it was fake, but those poor real butterflies!!!
I just did a quick google because I was curious if there was any meaning behind it but all I could find was that it gives your wedding a “unique touch” lol
Post # 6
What if they die? What if they die? WHAT IF THEY DIE?!
It’s basically the outdoor version of goldfish centerpieces!
Post # 7
I would only do it if the butterflies were housed in something better than weird folded paper, the butterfly was a native species, and it was the right season for the butterfly (and even after all that, I’d likely feel bad about their shipping experience and wouldn’t do it after all). I have raised monarchs and black swallowtails from eggs found in my backyard, so I would never want to hurt them. Butterfly release companies bother me…they don’t know how the buyers are going to treat the butterflies…and since it can be hard to get them to fly away, it’s likely that people will poke and prod them.
Post # 8
I can’t with the butterfly thing. They’re temper controlled so when you order then you have to keep them in the fridge so they don’t die. Then they thaw out by the ceremony and you release them either individually in little origami lookin things OR you can do the basket with the net over it. In that case teyre almost always stuck to the net. Then teyre all over you and in your hair. Hot mess. Every time I see it. I someone has had a better experience please share!!!
Post # 9
Were releasing butterflies. Were raising our own (maybe 12 or so and then we’ll release 2 of them at the wedding). I raised butterflies at the daycare I used to work at and it was such an amazing experience. The butterflies really match our theme and I love that but they also represent change. =)
Post # 10
Butterflies, in ancient Greek and Roman ties, were symbolic of the human soul and spirit. They also symbolic of a significant change.
That said, I love butterflies, I highly doubt I will be doing a release because I am way too paranoid about either the butterflies dying, being injured, or all getting stuck to netting or something.
Post # 11
I’m all set with live creatures being used as a wedding prop.
Post # 12
I attended a wedding where all guests were handed envelopes containing butterflies, which were to be released at the end of the ceremony. Most of them died and as the couple was walking down the aisle the ground was covered in dead butterflies. Very disturbing!
Post # 13
I also attended a wedding with a butterfly release while the couple walked out of the chapel. Each guest had an envelope and I didn’t notice any dead butterflies but they really didn’t fly anywhere, people were trying to blow them off of their envelopes lol