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 very attractive.
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
if I place an order, but the weather turns bad?
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
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
3) TO RELEASE BUTTERFLIES FROM A
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 certainly will.
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
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
* 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
* 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 Magical Moments, 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
Inc will accept no responsibility for the delivery of the
order. No refund will be
All Prices Subject
to Change Without Notice