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We have Monarch butterflies and Painted Lady butterflies AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVENT so please order your butterfly release at your earliest convenience.

Welcome to Butterfly Release Company, Inc. Above are only a few featured butterfly release packages to buy butterflies and butterfly release products.

Please click on a category for more information for butterfly releases. We have the most options for butterfly releases on the web!
We guarantee our live butterflies for release to arrive alive and on time!

The temperature needs to be at least 65 degrees for a successful butterfly release and made outdoors during daylight hours.

Why order from Butterfly Release Company? We specialize in butterfly weddings but also can accommodate last minute orders for butterflies for funerals or butterfly memorials .  We also provide Easter Butterflies and specialize in large butterfly releases for fundraisers for organizations like Relay For Life, Goodwill, Compassionate Friends and many more. We ship our butterflies priority overnight within the United States only where the butterflies are indigenous and in accordance with current USDA permits and regulations. We have been successfully adding live butterflies for release to events for more than a decade. Our company is an "Accredited Business" and has Top Ratings with the Better Business Bureau. We make sure receiving and releasing your butterflies is easy and stress free. Your order of live butterflies will ship FedEx priority overnight to arrive the day before your butterfly release. We take great pride in our butterfly release company making sure you get top quality vibrant Live Butterflies. We hand raise all of our butterflies to guarantee the best and brightest butterflies for your event. We provide not only wedding butterflies, celebration butterflies and memorial butterflies but also educational butterfly kits.  for a butterfly wedding are easy and fun. You can buy live butterflies at Butterfly Release Company where customer service is not a lost art, but something we practice with every customer treating them like family and friends. Just call us and find out for yourself. 407-754-2353.
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Butterfly Releases are a beautiful and easy addition to your event making it memorable and unique. We offer several Butterfly Wedding Packages. Each butterfly for release arrives safely in an origami folded butterfly release envelope with personal imprint.

Live Wedding Butterflies are a great replacement for rice or bubbles, they are a benefit to the environment and easy to do. Simply unfold and open the envelopes completely and you and your guests will fill the sky with a wonderful spectacle of a butterfly wedding. Our mass butterfly release decorator boxes are made for a beautiful release of live butterflies all at once in front of your guest. The butterflies arrive in the box for a easy and amazing butterfly release. Live butterfly releases are also great for birthday parties, anniversary, engagements, grand openings or celebrating a loved ones life with a butterfly memorial. We custom make our products to accommodate what you want.

Some common questions about butterfly releases...

Where can I get butterflies?  We provide painted lady and monarch butterflies though out the Continental United States although due to USDA restrictions we CANNOT ship monarchs to AK, AZ, CA, Western CO, ID, MT, NY, NV,NM, OR, UT and WA. We only ship butterflies that are indigenous to your state and that are beneficial to the environment.

When do I place my order?  As soon as you can because we do sell out.  We accept orders up to a year in advance, although to guarantee availability we do request 30 days in advance of your release date. , However we do welcome last minute orders and based on availability it could be just a few days before your event.  We specialize in wedding butterflies but we can accommodate memorials for a same day shipping if possible. Releases less than 72 hours, we ask that you call please.

How do I pay for my order? We accept Visa / MasterCard and Discover.  We can take checks or money orders as long as we receive them prior to shipping.  You can place your order on line with our secure order form 24/7, or call 1-407-754-2353 Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm EST. Your credit card information is protected using industry standard (SSL) encryption technology and your information is kept confidential and never sold or given to a third party.  We respect your privacy. 

When will I receive my order? Your live butterflies will be shipped FedEx next day air to arrive the day before your event.(Please note there is no Sunday delivery options and we cannot ship to arrive on Monday)  In most cities and towns Fed Ex arrives before 10:30AM.  When you receive your order it is necessary to replace the ice pack and keep the live butterflies in a cool environment (not a refrigerator).  A copy of the complete instructions will be shipped with your butterflies for release.

What if I need to cancel my order?  If the weather is predicted to not cooperate we ask for you to let us know as soon as you can. Cancellations of at least 3 days in advance of your shipping date will be refunded in full. We just want an opportunity to sell the butterflies you can't use to someone who can. Your order can also be postponed if need.

What do I do when the butterflies arrive?   Open the box and you will find your instructions, the Indian poem, and your receipt. Simply take the top Styrofoam lid off and you will find your live butterflies in either your decorator box, or in a floral box that will have your triangular envelope with the butterflies in them. Leave the butterflies in the Styrofoam shipping box and replace the ice pack that we comes with your order.  Replace our ice pack with a frozen one (you must have a frozen ice pack prior to delivery) and that will keep the butterflies dormant until you are ready to release them.  When putting the Styrofoam lid back on the box, leave it cracked open for some ventilation. Leave the box in a room temperature room.  Do not put your butterflies in a refrigerator.

What do I do the day of the wedding? One hour before you want your butterflies to fly, take the floral box or decorator box out of the insulated shipping box and let the butterflies warm and wake up.  Make sure you tell your guest there are butterflies in the envelopes and to be gentle.  The temperature needs to be above 70 degrees for a successful release. 

Painted lady or Monarch?  There are a many advantages to using the Painted Lady for your Butterfly Release. While the Monarch is also a beautiful butterfly, the Painted Lady will linger after releases while the Monarch will quickly flee the scene. If you would like to enjoy the excitement of a butterfly that will often land contently on your shoulder or bouquet, this butterfly will perfectly accommodate your wishes. Both butterflies are very beautiful, the monarch has an average size of 4 inches compared to the average size of a painted lady being 2 inches. 

When do you give the butterflies to the guests to release? The shortest amount of time is the best. Some ideas are to hand them out while your guest go outside to release them. Get a volunteer to let people know they have a live butterfly for release while giving them to the guest.
If it's an outdoor ceremony let the guest all be seated and then have the ushers or appointed volunteers quickly and easily hand them out just before the ceremony . There are countless other ways and if you have questions, please email or call to ask before or after your order.

Do I get a guarantee ?  Yes. Our shipping has been proven and perfected through our years of experience, making it simple to guarantee.  We ship our packages with FedEx (next day air). We are a butterfly farm that raises our butterflies to send to you.  We are not a middle man or broker.  Because of this we can keep cost down and control exactly what we ship out.  What we ship out is always young healthy, strong and beautiful adult live butterflies that we are sure will survive the shipping. We have a proven and effective quality control system.  We do include extras on your order in the case of an occasional expired butterfly.  Report any problems immediately and return your order via U.S. mail for refund consideration.

What is the difference between a mass release and an individual release?  A mass release is the bride and groom generally releasing the butterflies together.  Our custom made Decorator Box has two silk ribbons tied around it. One for the bride to untie at same time as the groom, commemorating their new beginning together.  The individual release can involve your wedding party and your guest as they all participate together and release the butterflies.  Both ways result in the same filling the sky with beautiful and colorful live   butterflies. 

Can I combine a mass release and an individual release?Doing both mass release and individual from the envelopes together is also a great option and we want to accommodate what you want. To order both online, click your package and simply choose the envelope color and enter your imprint. Then scroll down to the mass release box you'd like and add that to your package then continue to check out. Before you check out there will be a Comment's box. Leave you instructions in the box for example...20 envelopes & 40 in Decorator Box and we'll accommodate your request.

Are Origami envelopes safe for the butterflies? YES. Not only are they safe, but they are best for the butterflies safety and protection. We have the bulky cardboard boxes available although do not recommend them. The thin folded origami envelope has an important purpose of keeping the butterfly safe and secure in it's natural roosting position with it's wings comfortably in a resting position. The thin secure paper origami folded envelope is important for the butterflies safety so it does not damage or harm itself. This prevents our customers from receiving a butterfly with a damaged wing. Another benefit is that in the paper triangle, the antennae are pushed back alongside the strong forewing vein and are protected from damage unlike the bulky cardboard that lets legs and antennas reach out from the locking tabs.

What happens after the butterflies are released?  The wedding butterflies will fly to nearby flowers and plants. Often a few of the released butterflies will land on the bride's bouquet or even land on a few of the guests - which people  enjoy. The butterflies will perpetuate naturally and instinctively repopulating their dwindling numbers in our environment. While the monarch will find it's host plant milkweed, painted lady butterflies have almost 1000 different host plants they will thrive on.

Are the butterflies harmed? No. The butterflies are lovingly hand placed into individual envelopes, then placed in a white carnation box.  Or in our custom made decorator boxes that have been developed for the safety of the butterflies.  This is then packaged in a Styrofoam reinforced shipping box with an ice pack.  This safely keeps the butterflies dormant until the package arrives and is opened.

What temperature does it need to be for a butterfly release?For a successful release, the temperatures really need to be over 65 degrees. The butterfly release should also be done during the day and outside. If the temperatures are below 65 degrees the butterflies will survive just fine, but they may be very slow to fly and some may not want to fly at all. If this happens you can still enjoy the butterflies by letting them crawl along fingers and hands of the guest releasing them until they fly or the guest may need to find a plant for them to be transferred until they are ready to fly. This can give you a great opportunity to enjoy the butterflies close up and get some fantastic photos. Eventually the cold blooded butterfly will warm up enough to find nectar and shelter.

How does the release work? It is  instinctive and natural for the butterflies to fly when the envelope or decorator box is opened.  Painted lady butterflies will only fly if the temperature is above 70 degrees.  Beach weddings and releases are great but wind can be a problem.  With to strong of an wind the butterflies will not fly.  Or if it is too cold, the butterflies will not fly.  Your release must be outdoors and during the day.

Do butterflies harm the environment?  No they do not.  In fact by doing a butterfly release you are helping populate butterflies that have been displaced do to urban sprawl. Our farm is fully permitted by the USDA and we are reputable members of the IBBA. We comply with each states requirements.  We do not ship to states where they do not naturally occur.  The butterflies we ship are raised disease free and once released into a new environment they perpetuate to the new surroundings very instinctively.  

Can I request something different than the packages you provide? Yes, we want to accommodate what you're looking for. Our packages can be split up and customize however you'd like. Our Special Occasions Page offers custom made packages for customer in the past that we leave up to give you more options. You can use the Comments Box during check out for your instructions or call us and let us know exactly what you want. We're here to provide the service that you want, so please let us know.

Please see our Questions page for more great information.