(Closed) Has anyone done a butterfly release?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Personally, I’m not a fan. I feel like it’s kind of using living creatures as props which doesn’t settle well with me.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please don’t butterfly’s are delicate creatures and can easily die.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not a fan either. Honestly, I feel bad for the butterflies!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I was at a wedding once that did it and when they went to release them they didn’t fly away, the woman just tried to shake them out but they still didn’t fly out. I think it could be neat but has potential to go wrong

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would say dont do it. I think it’s mean to have them in those boxes for so long and what if they were to die before the release? That would be really sad

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Wasn’t this on Four Weddings once and it didn’t turn out well? …. they’re not like birds that you can throw up into the air and they get the cue to fly, as a PP said they are delicate.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@sunsetchristy:  oh my god, they freeze them? i didn’t know that. i’m not a fan of releasing butterflies because i think it’s mean to them but holy crap, freezing them is horrible! that’s not directed at you because i know you said you would raise them and you wouldn’t buy the frozen ones. i’m just shocked that’s what other people do and they think it’s ok.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Everything I’ve read says this is usually a plan that turns to disaster – dead butterflies, expensive, people not happy with animals being used as props, hard to get good pictures, etc.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

My friend did this and it was nice. FYI they freeze the butterflies then release them. Sounds kinda cruel.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I went to a wedding once where the bride bought the butterflies online, so they must have been the “frozen” ones.  They came in little boxes and we were supposed to open the boxes, well more than half the butterflies were dead, or still frozen.  Only a handful actually flew out and they were so scattered that it was impossible to photograph.  It was awful.

I say just let your niece and nephew raise the butterflies as a fun project.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Saw it on Four Weddings once and all the butterflies were dead. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

No but I know a bride who did and it made me sad because of the reasons PPs mentioned above. From my perspective it isn’t a good idea for a wedding.

Kids watching caterpillars make cocoons and releasing them when they hatch (gently, in the calmness of the moment at home) is great though. Good learning experience for ’em.

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