(Closed) realeasing of butterflies

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve personally never seen this before but I have seen it in TV shows (reality) and have heard stories.  Are you going to have the guests release them or hire someone?

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m really not a fan of using live creatures as wedding props (butterflies, doves, fish as centerpieces). Just my personal opinion.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

The butterflies will die if they’re not in their ideal environment. Dead bugs probably won’t give that romantic feel you’re going for.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been to two weddings where this was attempted.

First wedding: something went wrong with the butterfly preparations, so when the box was opened during the wedding, about half of the butterflies flew out and the other half dropped to the ground… dead. Not exactly romantic.

Second wedding: butterflies were all alive, but it was very windy, and the wind just blew them all away really quickly. No pretty fluttering, just WHOOSH and they were gone.

I think it’s a lovely thought, but there are just too many things that can go wrong!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

PPs are kind of what I was thinking.  I’m not a huge fan of using animals in weddings…seems cruel, though I understand your sentiment.  Also, They typically keep the butterflies in envelope-type-things.  There will be guests who open theirs and they will be dead.  That is all they will remember.  Doesn’t seem worth it to me. 

 

Have you ever seen these wedding lanterns?  Seem easy and much more humane.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/photo/302750

You could ask a few close guests to participate later, after all is said and done!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If its not done properly, they will die.  I’ve seen it done where every last butterfly drop out dead and I’ve seen it done successfully.  Just do your reaserch on it

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m sort of against the idea for reasons already stated.  But I have been to one wedding where they did this.  The weather was perfect for it and the ones that flew were pretty.  The problem was that butterflies need to flap their wings to warm up before they fly and when we tried to release them from envelopes, many sort of fell to the ground first where they warmed up for about 30 seconds, instead of taking instant flight as soon as they were released.  So if you decide to go the butterfly route, you might wish to consider putting them in cages or breathable containers and releasing them from there, instead of envelopes.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I like the idea, IN THEORY, but I would have a fear that the bugs would be dead when we set them free.
If you are really gung ho on the releacing of the butterfly thing, why not get  one of those grow your own butterfly  sets that they sell at Toys R us? keep them in a critter container untill the ceremony and you and Fiance releace them.

OR olny getting two, agian in the butterfly house and releacing them after  you two finish your vows.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Considering that it is often cruel towards the butterflies and also the fact that some people (like me – it’s a long story) kinda hate being around butterflies and would probably freak out in an event like this, I’d skip it.

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Best not to do it.  First of all, a lot die en route.  Secondly, you don’t know where those butterflies come from, and if you’re releasing them into their native environment.  Not only could they die, but if they’re say, Eastern monarchs and you’re releasing them where there are Western monarchs, it could compromise the genetics of the native population and expose them to diseases and parasites.

 

The thought of butterflies flying free is really a beautiful gesture, but the companies that sell the butterflies to release are really irresponsible in doing so, and most brides that choose to do it don’t know how bad it is.  I’m sorry to shoot down your idea, but I’m really glad you asked about it before deciding to go ahead.  

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with other posters. I do not think it is a good ideas to use animals…or insects for entertainment when that entertainment might be the cause of their death. And I would not personally like this because I do NOT like butterflies. Just thinking about them is giving me goosebumps. LoL

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