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!
Painted Lady 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
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
What should I do when my Butterflies arrive? Complete
instructions on how to care for and release your butterflies will accompany
What 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
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
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 active.
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
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 northern 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
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
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
no responsibility for the delivery of the order. No refund will be issued
All Prices Subject to Change Without Notice