Butterfly Weddings

Bride and Groom  Live Butterfly Release

Releasing live butterflies at your wedding is an indescribably unique alternative to confetti, rice, bird seed or balloons. 

Butterfly Weddings offers a variety of live butterflies for release on your special day.  You and your guests will never forget the magical appearance of these majestic fluttering beauties.  As they emerge from their glassine envelopes or decorated release baskets, an appointed guest can read the words from the
American Indian Legend Whisper a wish to a beautiful butterfly and have that  wish come true..

Weddings are one of the most unforgettable celebrations in your life.  Butterfly Weddings hopes to make your day even more spectacular with a butterfly extravaganza. We always welcome special requests.

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Monarch Butterflies for weddings
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1-2 Dozen - $95 per dozen
3-7 Dozen - $90 per dozen
8+  Dozen - $85 per dozen

Monarch Butterflies for Release at weddings and special occasions

Monarch butterflies have an average wing span of 4 1/2

Our butterflies are already full-grown and ready to fly! 
Butterflies are individually packaged in triangular white cardstock boxes,
 not inexpensive glassine or paper as others use.
Our triangular boxes are included at no extra charge.
See Shipping Rates Below

Receive a Free Release Basket with orders of 4 dozen or more.
Order must be placed at least 10 days before to receive free basket.

Painted Lady and Monarch Butterflies

1-2 Dozen - $85 per dozen
3-7 Dozen - $80 per dozen
8+  Dozen -
$75 per dozen

Monarch and Painted Lady Butterflies for Release at Weddings and Special Occasions

Monarch and Painted Lady Mix

Butterflies are individually packaged in triangular white cardstock boxes,
 not inexpensive paper or glassine envelopes as others use.
Our triangular boxes are included at no extra charge.
See Shipping Rates Below

Receive a Free Release Basket with orders of 4 dozen or more.
Order must be placed at least 10 days before to receive free basket.

Painted Lady Butterflies
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1-2 Dozen - $75 per dozen
3-7 Dozen - $70 per dozen
8+  Dozen -
$65 per dozen

Painted Lady Butterflies for Release at Weddings and Special Occasions
Painted Lady butterflies have an average wing span of  2 1/2

Our butterflies are already full-grown and ready to fly! 
Butterflies are individually packaged in triangular white cardstock boxes,
 not inexpensive glassine or paper envelopes as others use.
Our boxes are included at no extra charge.
See Shipping Rates Below

Temperature must be at least 72F or they will not fly.
 
Butterfly Release Basket Wedding Accessories
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Wedding Accessories

Butterfly Baskets, Butterfly Boxes, Personalized Envelopes
Butterfly Cameras, Wedding Sparklers
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SHIPPING RATES
Orders should be placed at least 10 days prior to the date of the event.

Orders placed on a short notice will be filled to the best of our ability.   Funerals are the exception

Saturday and Weekday Events - Priority Overnight shipping charge - $39.00
Sunday or Monday Events  -  Saturday Delivery shipping charge - $49.00

Thermally protective shipping box ..... No extra charge

 

Frequently Asked Questions  |  Butterfly Care and Release Instructions  |  Indian Legend  |  Guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions:

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When should I place my order? Place your order at least 2 weeks in advance during April through July as these are popular months for weddings. During the rest of the year we require only 10 days notice for orders. We recommend you place your order as soon as possible to avoid any last minute disappointments. We take orders up to 1 year in advance.

How many butterflies should I order? The average order is 2 dozen per 50 guests. For an individual butterfly release you can order one per guest or couple, or select certain guests to participate, such as the wedding party and family. Or releasing several dozen butterflies at once from a basket by the bride and groom is also very attractive.

How warm does it need to be to release Butterflies? Butterflies will only take flight when the temperature is above 62F, but the warmer the better!  Painted Lady Butterflies require at least 72F

What if I place an order, but the weather turns bad?  If the forecast is unfavorable, call us at least three(3) days
before the event, and we will gladly cancel the order and refund the full purchase amount.
We don't penalize you for Mother Nature's indecisions!

Can I release butterflies at night? There must be at least 30 minutes of light left once you release them so they can find a place to roost for the evening. To find the exact time that the sun will set for your date and location visit http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/rs-one-day-us.

How do the butterflies survive shipping? Each butterfly is fed and carefully placed inside our triangular cardstock boxes for their safety. They are surrounded by soft padding and packaged in an insulated cooler with a "cool-pack." The cool temperature combined with minimal light keeps the butterflies calm and naturally inactive during shipping. Butterflies are sent via overnight delivery to arrive the day before your event.

What should I do when my Butterflies arrive? Complete instructions on how to care for and release your butterflies will accompany your order.

What happens to them after release? We ship butterflies the USDA has approved for your area of the country so that only butterflies indigenous to your area are released. If you have flowers and host plants for the butterflies nearby, they may stay a while or even take up residency for the remainder of the season.

Butterfly Care and Release instructions:

1) WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES ARRIVE: Butterflies are sent via overnight delivery to arrive the day before your event. Open the top of the package for ventilation and store the butterflies in a cool, dark place away from direct light until ready to transport to the event. This will keep them calm.   Your only commitment is to keep the box in a cool, dark place until you are ready to transport them to your event. When transporting the butterflies, do not leave them in a parked car for more than a few minutes, especially if it is a warm day, and remember to keep them covered and away from direct sunlight.

2) TO RELEASE BUTTERFLIES INDIVIDUALLY: Open the top of the shipping container to expose the butterfly boxes to light and allow them to warm (5 minutes if cooler day or less is necessary if the day is warm and sunny). This stimulates the butterflies and will make them active again. Then pass out the butterfly boxes at the appropriate moment. The butterflies are released by simply unfolding the boxes to open them. As soon as the envelope is open wide enough for the butterfly to flap a wing, the butterfly should take flight. The majestic butterflies will wing their way into the air creating a brilliant show-stopping splash of color. If they find nectar flowers in the immediate area they may even hang around for a while to delight you and your guests before going off to start a new lifecycle.

3) TO RELEASE BUTTERFLIES FROM A BASKET: Transfer the butterflies into a prepared release basket or other attractive release container. To remove the butterflies from the boxes, gently hold the butterfly's body in place from the outside of the envelope at the thorax (where the legs are attached) to steady the butterfly inside the envelope and open the envelope flap with the opposite hand. Grasp the butterfly's wings between your thumb and forefinger just above the thorax and pull it free of envelope. While you should apply a firm, but gentle, touch, you need not be concerned about injury to the wings from touching them. The scales (coloring) do not affect its ability to fly. Transfer the butterflies to a basket BEFORE transporting to the wedding, and keep the basket covered (a towel) to shield them from light until arriving at the location. Warm them up prior to the release by exposing them to light (15 minutes if cooler day or less is necessary if the day is warm and sunny) OR they may be left exposed on display for the length of the ceremony if you wish, as long as they are not in direct sunlight. The light stimulates the butterflies and makes them active.
 

4) DURING THE RELEASE: As they emerge from their boxes or release baskets, an appointed guest can read the words from the American Indian Legend below.  Or you may certainly write your own dedication to provide a cue for the butterfly release.
Then, enjoy the moment and celebrate the day.  The butterflies certainly will.   (For Memorial Poems CLICK HERE)

American Indian Legend

According to an American Indian Legend -
If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first
capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.
Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal
the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom,
the Great Spirit always grants the wish.
So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom,
the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
 


           For Memorial Poems
           CLICK HERE


Guarantee

We offer only the highest quality farm raised butterflies for release. We guarantee that you will receive your butterflies live, vibrant and healthy. Additionally, we include an extra butterfly per dozen purchased. In the unlikely occurrence that you find any problem with your order, notify us immediately and we will make every effort to immediately correct the situation or refund your money for the expired butterflies once they are returned to us. If you see that the weather is not going to cooperate, give us three days before your event, and we will gladly cancel the order and refund the full purchase amount. We don't penalize you for Mother Nature's indecisions!  If you cancel your order for any other reason there is a 15% cancellation fee. Our commitment to customer satisfaction does not end when you make your purchase, but only when you have experienced the everlasting joy of your successful butterfly release!

*Butterfly Release Baskets must be ordered at least 10 days before the event or we cannot guarantee their arrival before your event.
All Prices Subject to Change Without Notice

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