Butterfly Release Controversy:
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 62°F,
but the warmer the better!
Butterflies require at least 72°F
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
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