Ok, so I posted this in a thread about using a live centerpiece and I really need your opinion.
We are having a nature-themed wedding and I would love for it to be whimsical, fun, elegant, and unique (as in doing traditional things with a new twist). Fiance and I originally wanted an outdoor reception, but since that didn’t work out we wanted to bring the outside in.
I’m thinking about doing centerpieces with a lot of greenery, but I want to include something unexpected. A while ago, I saw these butterflies in jars at a store and my first reaction was “OMG THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY. They can’t sell these!! Someone needs to LET THEM OUT, they’ll suffocate!!” Then I realized they were fake- not really robotic, but controlled by a thin wire and a battery (it looks and behaves exactly like a real one). So my next reaction was “OMG that is the coolest thing ever!”
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I am an animal lover and am all for their rights, so I don’t want people thinking that my fiance and I are cruel (even for a minute), but they are just so interesting that maybe it’s worth it? I go back and forth between thinking it’s a super cool novelty and a very horrible idea.
So my question is- if you were a guest would you be seriously disturbed by this or would you be entertained? And after you know it’s fake, would it still bother you to have such a life-like insect on the table or would you enjoy it?
I think they are definitely unique. But I am one of those people who find bugs of all types (even butterflies) to be creepy. I just think the constant erratic movements would be creepy, to watch that out of the corner of your eye all through dinner. It would almost be neater if it didn’t move at all. Sorry !!
Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center
Okay, these are a LOT cooler than I was originally imagining. I would probably be entertained, but I do know some people have an inherent fear or distaste for any insects, like @kerensa mentioned. I would also probably have a strong urge to open the jar and start crying, “Be freeee, butterfly, be freeee!” But that’s just me. 😀
@bunting: believe it or not, i’m one of those with the inherit fear of insects…. and my sister is SUPER creeped out by butterflies specifically, but she was mesmerized by this when she saw it in person, so maybe that’s a good sign? And “be freeeee” is totally what I think too- even though I know they’re fake haha.
@kerensa: I was thinking the same thing. There’s actually a simple switch under the cap that turns it off and makes it stay still… I’m thinking if I DO use this, I should attach a tag with twine that says something like….
“Don’t worry! We’d NEVER do this to anything real! Promise. If you’d like, feel free to move the switch to “off” if you and the little butterfly would like a rest.”
What do you guys think?
@MsPanda: I saw them at Michael’s. They’re $19.99, but if you use their coupons you can get them at half off. Also, one of the three stores that I’ve been in recently had a few on clearance for $5.99. I’ve also read that they sell them/have sold them at Lowe’s, Wal-mart, Walgreens, and Kmart but I haven’t checked. And here is the website if you need it: http://www.gemmy.com/butterfly-collection/butterfly-collection-products. If you decide to do anything with them, will you post back please? I’m curious to see different ways to use them. 🙂
THANKS for your encouragement and suggestions! You are all so helpful!
I’ve seen these in person, and they are mesmerizing. I really thought about buying one. But I’ll be honest that they are so realistic that I did feel sorry for the poor little thing. Of course, then I reminded myself that it wasn’t real!!!!