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The Butterfly Release Ceremony

The butterfly symbolizes new beginnings and rebirths. What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new life together than with the releasing of butterflies at your wedding. Every release is unique and special just as every wedding and every moment of our life is unique and special.

Releasing butterflies is a magical and unique experience that will put a smile on every guest's face. Their shimmering beauty and graceful flight are a wonder to young and old alike.

Your "butterfly release" will inspire a memorable and unique experience to be cherished for a lifetime.
Monarch Butterfly

This part of the celebration is usually at the conclusion of their ceremony, after the pronouncement of marriage and often during the kiss. A butterfly release provides a memorable and photogenic conclusion. Their release is environmentally safe and helps in the restoration of the butterfly population.

Your guests or just the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen can participate in a butterfly release. The choice is yours. Often the minister will hand the Bride and Groom a beautiful white box containing the butterflies for the Bride and Groom to release as he reads some or all of the ceremony below.

Upon opening the lid of the box, the butterflies will flutter around and may even land on close-by objects including the Bride and Groom, providing unique photo opportunities.

Have you ever held a beautiful, live butterfly in the palm of your hand? Watch closely as it responds to the warmth of your skin and slowly open its magnificent wings.

Kelton Boyd, the ring bearer
Destiny & Brian Chirello Wedding
Kelton Boyd, the ring bearer, released beautiful Butterflys just as the minister said, "You may now seal your promises with a kiss." After the wedding, one of the butterflys landed near him which he immediately presented to the bride.

CAUTION - When planning a butterfly release, with the exception of a few rules, you are limited only by your imagination. Butterflies should only be released outside during daylight hours on a sunny or overcast (not rainy) day with a temperature above 65 to 70 degrees. Please follow the guidelines of the people who offer the butterflys. If you don't you could have a butterfly release where only a few butterflys fly out and the rest didn't make it (they die).

The butterflies should be set free no later than two hours before sunset. This allows the butterflies time to eat and find a hiding place for the night.

Releases should be held in areas protected from the wind or the butterflies will quickly disappear. A warm, sunny flower filled area or garden is best.

No matter how you choose to release your butterflies, a butterfly release is a beautiful, unusual, and exciting way to celebrate the beginning of your new life together.

Nature has given us many beautiful wonders. None are more spectacular and memorable than that of the butterfly in flight. Experience the extraordinary. Release a bouquet of butterflies at your celebration of Love.

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The Butterfly Release Ceremony

Minister:  Today we Celebrate Love in a very special way with the release of butterflies to signify a new beginning for ________ and ________.

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 cannot 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 freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.

The butterfly symbolizes new beginnings, freedom and happiness. For just a moment, think silently of what you would wish for ________ and ________.

We have gathered together to grant this couple all our best wishes and are about to set these butterflies free in trust that all these wishes will be granted.

The butterflies will now be released to carry forth the good news of your promise of love and commitment for each other.

NOTE:  This ceremony can be edited as needed.

Release Butterflies while Minister reads the following

Learn to Fly
Written by Larry James

Like a butterfly emerges
And unfolds its graceful wings,
A marriage grows and it develops
With the love each partner brings.

Your flight through life together
Is what you make it, so reach high
Spread your wings and learn to soar
As if with wings of a butterfly

Share together life's great adventure
Now the two of you are one
Shower your lover with butterfly kisses
Your infinite journey has just begun

Be a lover, friend and playmate
Learn to listen, laugh and cry
God has given you your wings,
But, you teach each other how to fly.

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