What we do
Magical Beginnings is dedicated to helping couples create the most
memorable wedding possible. To achieve this goal we supply you with
beautiful, fully grown, live Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies.
We sell the Monarch butterfly which is one of the strongest, friendliest,
and most graceful butterflies in North America. Our Monarch butterflies are
easy to release. All you have to do is open the package and watch them fly,
because they are already hatched and fully-grown prior to shipment.
We also offer the elegant smaller Painted Lady butterfly. The Painted
Lady shows well with an average wingspan of 2½
- 3" Both species are no fuss at all because they are already
full-grown and ready to fly!
Why do it?
A butterfly release is a unique experience, and it looks truly fantastic
both on video and in photos. This new tradition is fun, ecologically sound,
and enhances the environment. It is an alternative to throwing rice or
birdseed confetti. In fact, many churches, rental halls, and wedding chapels
no longer permit the use of those items. Butterflies are symbols of the
spirit of freedom and happiness. Your guests will surely appreciate this
unusual opportunity to participate in the creation of your own Magical
How it works
It's very simple. Your live butterflies are air
expressed to you overnight, to arrive the day before the wedding. Our
butterflies are delivered individually packaged in our specially designed
triangular cardstock release boxes. The natural dark and cool condition
keeps the butterflies in a comfortable resting state until the day of
release. The butterflies come to you fed and content, so they require no
special attention. Once the packages are opened at the event natural heat
and light will awaken these sleeping beauties and inspire them to take
We also offer an elegant mass release release basket which can comfortably
hold 5-6 dozen butterflies. The release basket idea makes for great
video or photo opportunities. Imagine mom or mother-in-law holding
this elegant release basket, someone reads the
American Indian Legend. As the bride then unties the pretty ribbon and
lifts the veil; these majestic butterflies will surround the bride and groom
with their fluttering beauty.
How to order
You have several options. You can call us toll free at 1-888-639-9995
during normal business hours (6am - 6pm PST) and speak with our expert sales
representatives. You can order online with your credit card. Or if
sending a check, please write it for a minimum of 50% of the cost of your
order as a down payment. The balance of your payment is due at least two
weeks prior to the wedding.
In order to guarantee availability, we recommend that you send your
reservation form and deposit as soon as possible because there is a limited
supply of butterflies available each season.
What they cost
Our butterflies are sold by the dozen. Special Requests are always
welcome to meet your special needs and budget.
|1 - 2 Dozen
$95 per dozen
3 - 7 Dozen $90 per dozen
8+ Dozen $85 per dozen
Average wing span
4 - 4 1/2"
With any order
of 4 dozen or more we offer a free
release basket ($29.99 value)
2 Dozen $85 per dozen
3 - 7 Dozen $80 per dozen
8+ Dozen $75 per dozen
be at least 72F or warmer
order of 4 dozen or more we offer a free
release basket ($29.99 value)
All orders are shipped priority overnight.
handling cost is $49, with an additional cost of $15.00 for
Sunday weddings due to Saturday delivery surcharges.
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Each butterfly is hand fed and carefully inspected before delivery to
ensure a perfect release on your wedding day.
We place one butterfly in it's own specially designed triangular
cardstock box. All of the special packets are placed into a protective box.
The protective box is then safely packaged with ice into an overnight
shipping box, which keeps it well insulated. The butterflies are perfectly
safe and content, so they require no special attention. The natural dark and
cool condition keeps the butterflies in a comfortable resting state until
the day of release.
Your live butterflies will be air expressed to you overnight, to arrive
the day before the wedding. You simply keep the shipping box in a safe
place, away from heat, until the day of the wedding. We have been providing
butterflies for many years without any problems.
* If you are to receive one of elegantly designed release baskets, this will
arrive several days if not weeks before the arrival of the butterflies.
the increase in demand for butterfly releases at weddings and special
events, we want to caution you that there are several companies on the
internet, that have recently jumped into the business, that do not have the
proper facilities to produce strong healthy butterflies. Many of these
companies try to get you to buy from them at a much reduced cost.
Unfortunately, because of their lack of knowledge and experience, they are
often unable to deliver your order or, even worse, be out of business before
your wedding day. For your own piece of mind, please ask how long
they've been in business. You also might consider asking for customer
references or even a copy of their business license.