The butterfly symbolizes new beginnings and the release of butterflies in a wedding ceremony is a beautiful, meaningful symbolic way to acknowledge a new beginning for the newly married couple.
This special addition to your wedding ceremony can be included in many ways to make it unique and magical. It can be just the two of you, the wedding party or all the guests too!
I recently officiated a special ceremony for Jim and Jason. On arrival each guest was given a small packet. A table nearby where the ceremony took place had a box containing hundreds of butterflies. After the Pronouncement and before I introduced the newly married couple, I invited all the guests to open their packets and, at the same time, Jim and Jason opened the box. The air was filled with beautiful Monarch butterflies with their dazzling and graceful beauty as they fluttered through the air amidst us all. Slowly, they flew off and away into the blue sky and, in so doing, reflected the new beginning for this happy couple.
The simplicity and beauty of this symbolic, meaningful butterfly release will absolutely bring a smile of awe to all your guests. For certain, it will be a cherished and treasured part of your wedding ceremony!
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 freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
The butterfly release ceremony is environmentally safe and helps in the restoration of the butterfly population.