Butterfly Release

Butterfly Release

We have all seen the typical flowers, rice, balloons ..... but what about this unique wedding idea ...... release wedding butterflies! Seems very environmentally friendly. This ingenious event can add a real touch of elegance to your ceremony, definitely with lasting memories! I've read that the idea to release butterflies is also very popular at a graduation, 50th anniversary, and even at a solemn funeral service.


Many companies can supply wedding butterflies. Check out the ads on the right side of this page for numerous suppliers of "release butterflies". They have some great ideas to make your event special, and offer different varieties, although the vibrant Monarch Butterfly is probably the most popular.

Butterfly Release

Most suppliers of "butterflies for release" raise them in an indoor farm environment. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates this industry. They allow shipping of butterflies across state lines, but only to those areas where that species has a native population already there. But in the case of the Monarch Butterfly with its innate migratory routes, will those raised in captivity and released adapt to the instinctive migratory habits of previous generations? Here is an article on the Monarch's Migration.


Despite these concerns, interstate shipment is being safely done with Department of Agriculture oversight. This USDA Chart shows which states that permitted companies can ship Monarch Butterflies (Danaus Plexippus) to and be released. It is interesting to note that because of the Monarch's migratory patterns, they are not allowed to be shipped across the U.S. Continental Divide.


Monark Butterfly release is allowed in all states except 5 (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, and Nevada). Butterfly release is also not allowed in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Butterfly Release

The idea of releasing wedding butterflies is really unique and beautiful. I wonder if a butterfly release has ever been thought of (or done) at a Presidential inaguaration?

Butterfly Release
Butterfly Release


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