Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wedding Day Butterflies (But Not the Nervous Kind!)

My dream of being showered with rose petals at my wedding is no more.

The bummer came after learning that our ceremony site -- a Catholic church -- doesn't allow items of any kind to be thrown at the couple following the I-dos. After I got over my initial disappointment, I started scouting around for possibilities that don't involve tossing anything into the air.

Releasing doves seemed a bit over the top for us, but I was excited when a family friend told me about a wedding she'd been to where butterflies were released instead. Searching different websites, including Swallowtail Farms', I found tons of options, including ordering an individual monarch butterfly for each guest, or arranging for the bride and groom to do a mass release.

According to these sources, the butterflies "hibernate" in small cardboard cases until it's time for the release. As long as the weather forecast is sunny with a temperature of at least around 60 degrees, the butterflies will take flight once their boxes are opened.

What do you think? Should I go for it? Would you like to watch or be part of a butterfly release at a wedding?

(Photo Credits: Swallowtail Farms & Butterfly Sales Outlet)


  1. As long as there is no hurting of the butterflies going on I am all for this idea :) I think it will add a magical touch to your wedding!

  2. Oh YES, we will be releasing butterflies at our wedding. Especially because it's outside in the gardens and in August, not to mention because I love butterflies! I think you should do it. I recommend doing the mass release though. I would be so sad if one butterfly was dead in the box, ya know? Imagine how horrified the guest would be if they opened it and it was dead. And the mass release is awesome because you showcase them and can see them the whole time.