(Closed) What company should I order butterflys from for a butterfly release?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We got ours from Swallowtail Farms (http://www.swallowtailfarms.com); they are not located New Husband, though.

ETA: Not sure about the size of the openings on your birdcage, but unless the openings are tiny, I would think the butterflies would just climb out.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Be very careful with this.  I know it sounds like a lovely idea, and the image in your head is of beautiful butterflies flying away.  But I’ve heard a LOT of stories about how half of them are dead by the time you open the container, and the rest just kind of wander around aimlessly and never take off.  Just wanted to warn you!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yeah, it sounds lovely, but the only time I ever saw this actually done was during a wedding planning show on TV, when they opened the box and the butterflies were dead. It was awkward. 🙁

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Also be aware of the amount of trees near your event as there will be hungry birds hanging out that will not hesitate to swoop in and eat your cute butterflies.  

Any chance you’d be willing to reconsider this?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@KristenGotMarried:  Monarchs are the most common butterflies released at weddings, and birds won’t eat them.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally think this is a cruel/inhumane thing to do. It also irks me when people put fish in vases used for their centerpieces. These are living things, not a prop to your wedding. I’m sorry to be harsh, but have some respect for life. Also, just because you get butterflies doesn’t mean they will survive well where you release them. I just think it’s a bad idea all around, sorry, not trying to throw flames, but I just have a particularly big problem with this.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Please don’t do this.  I’ve heard they are mailed in an envelope and are usually dead when your guest open them or are not ready to fly.  It seems like such a downer for a joyous occasion.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I went to a wedding where each guest got a butterfly to release, but I was young and they didn’t tell me what it was, just handed it to me, and i squeezed it…I still feel bad about that to this day!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@Miss Orchard:  THIS!

 

That reminds me also of the huge dove populations that are not where they should be due to weddings.

 

Poor animals. =( 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Miss Orchard:  I personally think this is a cruel/inhumane thing to do. It also irks me when people put fish in vases used for their centerpieces. These are living things, not a prop to your wedding. I’m sorry to be harsh, but have some respect for life.


I am 100% against the fish in vases as centerpieces.  The butterfly release, to me, isn’t the same.  Butterflies are pretty, but they are insects.  I don’t think one should be deliberately cruel, like by pulling off their legs or wings or starving them, because I do believe they feel pain.  But proper handling and release at a wedding doesn’t fall under the category of cruel or inhumane.  

Also, have you ever swatted a fly or slapped a mosquito?  They are insects, too.  Does your respect for life go that far?  

Also, just because you get butterflies doesn’t mean they will survive well where you release them.

Monarch butterflies are the most commonly released, and they are found all over the world whever milkweed (in its variety of forms) survives.  

Butterfly breeders (or at least those I have found) will not ship butterflies for release to areas that do not already have that species present.

@louisianablue:  Please don’t do this.  I’ve heard they are mailed in an envelope and are usually dead when your guest open them.


They are not mailed in an evelope.  They would never make it through the sorting machines at the post office that way.  Each butterfly is fed and placed in a small evelope.  The enevelopes are then carefully packed into a shipping container with cooling packs, which basically puts them into a state of semi-hibernation.  Before release, they are either transferred to the release boxes/envelopes, or a mass-release container, and allowed to warm up, which makes them become more active again.  Not one butterfly among the 24 we released died in transit or prior to relase.

 

@Baimee: That reminds me also of the huge dove populations that are not where they should be due to weddings.

The doves released at weddings are not actually doves.  They are white pigeons, and after the release, they fly back to their home base.

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@Miss Apricot:  Nicely done! LOL! I want to release monarchs at my wedding too. If it’s not too cold (fall wedding, but in the SOUTH, where it’s hot 80% of the year!). We’ll see!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just FYI – Ive seen this done twice – once in real life and once on a wedding show – and both times, half of them were dead, and the ones that were still alive just kinda hung out in the box.  It was awkward.

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