Releasing butterflies at weddings has become the favorite way to make a ceremony special. You can purchase butterflies online for a butterfly wedding theme - just do a quick web search to find companies that sell them for such purposes. The butterflies arrive at your door in individual envelopes - you can release them from each package or put them in a release basket and free them from there.
Butterflies are uniquely charming and have the power to transform any wedding ceremony into something special, without the use of confetti, rice, birdseed, or balloons. Releasing live butterflies creates a fairytale ambiance suitable for outdoor weddings.
When you order butterflies for weddings online, they typically arrive one day before the wedding packaged in a cooler. Once they arrive, safely stow away the butterflies in a cool, dark place until you're ready to release them - nothing else has to be done to get them ready for release, except to place them outside to warm up about 90 minutes before the event. Then you just open the boxes and allow the butterflies to flutter away.
How many butterflies do you need?
Most experts recommend you buy a minimum of one butterfly for every two guests. That means if you plan to have 100 guests at your wedding, it is suggested you purchase 50 butterflies. For individual releases the numbers change - buy one butterfly per guest instead.
There is only one consideration you have to make when planning to release live butterflies at a wedding - if the temperature falls under 65 degrees Fahrenheit, the butterflies will be quite sluggish and fly less energetically. But because the majority of outdoor weddings are scheduled in summer when the temperature is usually higher than 65 degrees, this is not something to worry too much about. Take note that you ca not release butterflies at night because they need light for flying.
Releasing the butterflies
The preferred method is to release wedding butterflies one-by-one because this gives each guest a chance to contribute to the ceremony. For individual release, simply provide every person an envelope containing one butterfly to set free at the appointed time.
For a mass release, set the butterflies free from a large box simultaneously. All you have to do is remove the lid and the butterflies will fly into the sky, leaving a lasting impression on your friends and family.
Is butterfly release inhumane?
Absolutely not! Butterflies that have been bred for weddings are raised by IBBA member breeders who adhere to specific rules. In addition, shipping is a safe procedure that doesn't harm the butterflies, and the practice doesn't damage the ecosystem either.
Pam Anne Neeley writes about butterfly release at weddings for http://www.butterfliesatweddings.com . Find out how to avoid the most common mistakes made when releasing butterflies.