Symbolic Butterfly Release Ceremony

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.


Renewal of Vows

“We are eloping!” she shared with me excitedly over the phone.  Oliver and Pattie are from Boston, both have successful careers, an established life and many friends and family shared between them.  Once the news of their engagement was official, then the expectations, suggestions, discussions and more began regarding their wedding………all of which, escalated in the following weeks.   During a get-a-way romantic weekend they came to the decision that their “wedding” was getting out of hand and the cost was seemingly already exceeding their budget, worse still, they themselves were becoming stressed by trying to keep everybody happy.

Whilst relaxing away from a chilly Massachusetts, they deliberated as to whether or not to just cut back to a much smaller size wedding but then the elimination of which guests, wedding party and traditions created further dilemma.  Looking out over the stunning desert views from the house they had rented, in a warm November Palm Springs, they decided right there and then to “elope”! 

Wedding Customs of History and Heritage: Handfasting

Handfasting Custom
A contemporary popular addition in today’s wedding ceremony is to include a symbolic ritual between the bride and groom.  This custom can have ancient or modern roots and come from a variety of cultural traditions such as: Handfasting An ancient wedding ritual often associated with Celtic or Pagan roots.  The wrists of the bride and groom were tied together during the ceremony until the pledge had been made between them at which time the couple are untied.   However, some traditions the cord was not untied until the marriage was consummated! Today, the Handfasting ritual (also referred to as Handfasting or Hand Tying)  typically consists of tying the right hands of the couple to be to be married with ribbon(s), chord or sash while they exchange their vows.

Tying the Knot!

Congratulations, you have decided to celebrate your love by exchanging vows and pledging your intent in the special ceremony of marriage. In so doing, you have become engaged.

Becoming engaged means you are planning to unite your love for each other in front of your invited guests on your wedding day, in more light hearted words, you are going to “tie the knot”!

A light hearted expression, but where did the words “tie the knot” originate?

Various suggestions for this include the fact that knots have been a common symbol in marriage ceremonies in many cultures for many centuries and usually symbolize unbreakable pledges.

Knots are sometimes used in the actual marriage ceremony with the tradition of tying the wrists of the bride and groom as a symbol of lasting unity. History and folklore tells us that in the past this has been done with simple twine or cord.   Today, however, more often than not, a ribbon or sash is used by gently placing over the bride and grooms wrists tying their hands together during the ceremony while the couple exchange their vows.

Wedding Rings

As you plan and prepare for your special wedding ceremony, if you have not already done so, you will probably also be selecting the rings you wish to exchange if you both choose to wear rings.

A ring is a circle which is also the symbol of the sun, the earth and the universe. It is also a symbol of wholeness, of perfection, of harmony and balance.

The exchange of rings is symbolic in so much as it is a symbol of the circle of shared love into which you enter together and a reminder of the vows you pledge and exchange.


  • A Beautiful Ceremony Filled with Sentiment

    A Beautiful Ceremony Filled with Sentiment

    "We contacted Sallie Albertina a year before our wedding and when we met her we both really clicked with her and decided there and then we wanted her to officiate our wedding ceremony. Our wedding day took several months in …Read More »
  • Last Minute Elopement

    Last Minute Elopement

    "Ours was a last minute elopement, we were in Palm Springs, called Sallie and she provided us with a perfect ceremony that was both simple and meaningful, just what we wanted. We returned home happy, married and surprised our friends …Read More »
Read All Testimonials
Sallie Albertina
Palm Springs Wedding Minister

Sallie Albertina

PO Box 5481
Palm Springs, CA 92263-5481

Contact Me

Phone: (760) 327-5927
Email: Sallie Albertina


Greater Palm Springs
Wedding Association

Palm Springs Wedding Minister Forum