Updated: Oct 7, 2019
The butterfly symbolizes new beginnings and rebirths. What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new life together than with the releasing of butterflies at your wedding? Every release is unique and special just as every wedding and every moment of our life is unique and special.
Releasing butterflies is a magical and unique experience that will put a smile on every guest's face. Their shimmering beauty and graceful flight are a wonder to young and old alike.
Your "butterfly release" will inspire a memorable and unique experience to be cherished for a lifetime. Your guests or just the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen can participate in a butterfly release. The choice is yours. Often the minister will hand the Bride and Groom a beautiful white box containing the butterflies for the Bride and Groom to release as he reads some or all of the ceremony below. Upon opening the lid of the box, the butterflies will flutter around and may even land on close-by objects including the Bride and Groom, providing unique photo opportunities.
Here are some wording options for the Officiant to say:
Butterflies are as beautiful as they are fragile. They symbolize transformation and all that is perfect in the world. As you two join today in marriage, your commitment to love releases into the world a new wonder, a new beauty, a new perfection. One of the secrets of being happy with one you love is to take hold lightly and let go lightly. As you release these gentle creatures, may your love transform itself and everyone it touches into its highest form.
You may not remember the words spoken here today; you may not remember the colors of the flowers; you may not remember the music you dance to this evening…
None of us may remember how long the butterflies linger. But, in addition to the joy on the faces of these two beloved people, there is one thing I will remember… If a butterfly lands on the palm of my hand… I cannot hold onto that butterfly. If I try to hold it, it will be crushed. If I keep my hand open, it will be safe… Just like our relationships… the butterfly needs to be free… and handled with care and respect. Remember the lessons and beauty of the butterfly as you move forward together in life!
Another option is to have a member of the wedding party, family, or honored guest read the following poem during the release:
Learn to Fly Written by Larry James
Like a butterfly emerges And unfolds its graceful wings, A marriage grows and it develops With the love each partner brings.
Your flight through life together Is what you make it, so reach high Spread your wings and learn to soar As if with wings of a butterfly
Share together life's great adventure Now the two of you are one Shower your lover with butterfly kisses Your infinite journey has just begun
Be a lover, friend and playmate Learn to listen, laugh and cry God has given you your wings, But, you teach each other how to fly.