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Outdoor Weddings: Butterfly Release

Posted on December 14th, 2007 by Courtney in Do It Yourself, Wedding Fun, Wedding Planning, Wedding Trends 5 Comments

butterflyYou want your wedding to be unique, but it seems like everything different you could do has already been done before. Maybe that’s why some people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their wedding—so they can have an unforgettable, unique event and nothing but good memories for the rest of their lives.

Maybe, though, if you are creative enough, you can come up with a wedding plan that features something amazing without spending ungodly amounts of money. Something beautiful that symbolizes love; something that that you and your guests have likely never experienced before: a butterfly release.

Granted, a butterfly release is best suited for an outdoor wedding (I have no idea how you’d gather them up again if you released them indoors), but even if your wedding is indoors, there are ways to incorporate a butterfly release. If, for example, you are married in a chapel, the butterfly release could be timed to occur as you and your guests exit the building.

In any case, there are a few basics you might want to consider if you choose to have a butterfly release at your wedding:

  1. Butterflies can be released individually or all together from a large box. If you’d like each of your guests to release a butterfly, you would want to look into the first option. If you have a young flower girl or ring bearer, however, releasing all the butterflies might be a very meaningful task for them.
  2. The butterflies are typically kept chilled on ice until the time of the release. Just to make sure the release goes off without a hitch, you’ll want to let them thaw about a half hour before they are freed.
  3. Many butterfly vendors also offer decorative cages where the butterflies can be viewed as centerpieces before they are released. If you are planning an outdoor reception, releasing the butterflies at dusk might be an ideal option.
  4. Most butterfly vendors are actually butterfly nurseries where butterflies are raised. If you hope to plan a butterfly release for your wedding, make sure to place your order in advance: two to three months is ideal; six weeks is cutting it really close.

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Comments (5)

  1. 1Melissa

    Aww this would be beautiful to see at a wedding. I like it better than doves :)

  2. 2Tina

    What a unique and beautiful idea! This would be so much more environmentally friendly to letting ballons go, too. Birds eat the balloons and can die so I wish people would stop doing that. Butterflies would be like a fantasy wedding and could be color coordinated with the wedding theme. Thanks for the romantic idea.

  3. 3Stacey

    I love this idea! This would go perfectly with a garden themed wedding and with everyone trying to go “green” this would be even more special.

    Thank you very much for mentioning this wonderful idea – this is the first time that I have ever heard of doing this.

  4. 4Florida beach wedding

    Butterflies work great in most outdoor settings. I wouldn’t recommend them for the beach because of the wind. Their wings weren’t meant to work in 15 mph winds. I’ve done weddings in parks where it was really quite beautiful.

  5. I also think this is an exquisite idea.

    I didn’t realize what a popular idea it was until we started researching this an an option for my sister. She is getting married in a garden themed wedding and this would be just gorgeous.

    Thank you for your write-up.


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