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How Much Does Releasing Ladybugs Cost?

 
low costLow: $15-$100average costMedium: $100-$500+high costHigh: $500-$1,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost to release ladybugs depends on the vendor, especially whether it is a garden supply company or a wedding-specific vendor that places the ladybugs in decorative bags for individual release. For a wedding, it also depends on the number of guests. On the low end, it could cost less than $50-$100 for release into a garden, for DIY ladybug release at a wedding using bugs from a garden company or for ladybugs from a wedding-specific supplier for a small wedding of 25 or fewer guests. In the mid-range it can cost $500 or more for a 100-guest wedding using ladybugs from a wedding-specific supplier. And, on the high end, costs can reach $1,000 or more for a large wedding using a wedding-specific supplier.
  • For example, Hirt's Gardens sells 1,500 ladybugs[1] in a single container for less than $13, and it would be necessary to make or buy decorative bags or boxes to hold the ladybugs for individual release. Love & Luck Ladybugs charges $75 for 25 individual cloth bags[2] containing 10 ladybugs each -- or, a total of $300 for a 100-guest wedding or $600 for a 200-guest wedding. Bags come in a choice of colors and each has a ladybug lore and instruction card attached. PoshFavor.com charges $85 for a set of 25 individual bags[3] of ladybugs -- or, a total of $340 for a 100-guest wedding or $680 for a 200-guest wedding or $1,020 for a 300-guest wedding.
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What should be included:
  • Ladybugs can arrive as early as two weeks before the event and can be stored in a refrigerator to keep them dormant until the release, according to an a guide from Love & Luck Ladybugs[4] .
  • On the day of the release, they should be placed in a warm area so they will wake up. Guests can release the ladybugs by opening the individual bags, allowing them to crawl out, then fly away.
Additional costs:
  • Shipping typically costs extra. Love & Luck Ladybugs charges $9.95 for the first unit of 25 bags, plus $5 for each additional unit.
Discounts:
  • If you are planning a release for a wedding, ordering ladybugs from a garden supply company and placing them in individual bags can be much cheaper than ordering ladybugs packaged specifically for release at a wedding.
Shopping for releasing ladybugs:
  • It's a good idea to think about weather before deciding to do a ladybug release. While ladybugs can be released in a wider range of weather than either doves or butterflies, they typically fly away only when the temperature is above 55 degrees.
  • It's a good idea to place orders early. Some vendors require that orders be made at least 30 days before the event.
  • GatheringGuide.com has a guide to releasing ladybugs[5] at a wedding or other event.
  • In addition to wedding-specific suppliers such as Love & Luck Ladybugs, garden suppliers on Amazon.com also sell live ladybugs[6] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/Live-Ladybugs-Gardens-Approximately-NectarTM/dp/B0057AZ5U8/ref=pd_sbs_lg_1
  2.  www.freewebs.com/llladybugs/apps/webstore/
  3.  www.poshfavor.com/productdetail.cfm?productid=3478
  4.  www.freewebs.com/llladybugs/whattoexpect.htm
  5.  weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/wedding-ceremony-planning/try-a-ladybug-or-firefly-release
  6.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dlawngarden&field-keywords=ladybugs
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