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
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
You can check the history of the
Average Temperature for your area to be sure your butterfly
release will be a success.
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.
happens 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 direct sunlight.
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
BASKET: 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
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.
* We will not issue refunds for orders due to
ship October 1 - May 15th as these months are generally too cold in the
states to ship butterflies.
* Shipping Issues : Orders arriving
late or delayed in shipping due to weather, mechanical failure or
negligence on of the
part of the shipping company you (the customer) agree not to hold
Amazing Productions, Inc. responsible for the order.
Orders delayed or not delivered due to the shipping company’s inability
to do so will not be refunded.
This situation is rare but can occur. We track all packages for you
and assist as much as possible to get issues resolved
quickly so you receive your butterflies in time for your special event.
In addition we send you via email the tracking number
once it ships from our facility.
Please double check the
delivery address in the email confirmation of your order. If there is an
error, please call us to rectify
it before the order is shipped. If you provide us with an incorrect
or incomplete address, then Amazing Productions, Inc will accept no
responsibility for the delivery of the order. No refund will be issued
All Prices Subject to Change Without Notice