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Releasing Butterflies Cost


How Much Does Releasing Butterflies Cost?

 
low cost12-24 Butterflies: Less Than $100average cost30-60 Butterflies: $100-$200high cost100-200 Butterflies: $200-$450
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost to release butterflies at a wedding or memorial service depends on the number and type of butterflies.
  • It can cost less than $100 to release one to two dozen butterflies. For example, The Butterfly Release Company charges $50 for 12 painted lady butterflies[1] , $75 for two dozen painted ladies or $90 for 12 Monarchs.
  • A butterfly release can cost $100-$200 for 30-60 butterflies. For example, Clearwater Butterfly charges $100 for a wedding package[2] of 25 painted lady butterflies and five Monarchs. The Butterfly Release Company charges $100 for 36 painted lady butterflies[3] , $120 for a mix of 30 butterflies and $150 for 60 painted lady butterflies. Clearwater Butterfly charges $140 for a wedding package[4] with 50 painted lady butterflies in individual envelopes with choice of envelope color and personalized inscription.
  • And a butterfly release can cost $200-$450 for 100-200 butterflies. For example, Clearwater Butterfly charges $225 for a package with 100 painted lady butterflies[5] . And the Butterfly Release Company charges $250 for a wedding package with 100 painted lady butterflies[6] or $450 for a package with 200 painted ladies.
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What should be included:
  • Companies typically will send butterflies via next-day air delivery to arrive the day before the event. The butterflies should be packaged in a box that includes ice packs so they remain dormant. The butterflies should arrive alive, healthy and in good shape.
  • The package should include instructions for waking the butterflies. Typically, they must be kept in a cool area, then moved to a warmer place a few hours before the event.
  • Release choices typically include individual release -- in which single butterflies are contained in envelopes or small boxes for each guest to release -- or mass release, in which the bride and groom release multiple butterflies from a large container. Personalized envelope or box inscriptions or decoration might be included.
Additional costs:
  • Shipping typically costs $30 to $50 or more. For example, butterfly shipping[7] from The Butterfly Release Company costs $35 in Florida, $45 outside of Florida and an extra $15 for Saturday delivery for a Sunday event.
  • Products such as decorative boxes, cages or baskets for a mass release typically cost extra. The Butterfly Release Company charges $30-$60 for a decorative butterfly release container[8] .
Discounts:
  • Some companies offer periodic discounts or specials. For example, Clearwater Butterfly sometimes offers two dozen extra butterflies[9] for orders placed at certain times.
  • Some companies offer volume discounts. Swallowtail Farms, for example, charges $89 per dozen for Monarchs, but drops the price[10] to $79 per dozen on orders of eight dozen or more.
Shopping for releasing butterflies:
  • Many butterfly breeders who provide butterfly release recommend placing orders as soon as possible. For example, The Butterfly Release Company FAQ[11] requests at least 30 days of lead time if possible.
  • Before planning to release butterflies, it is a good idea to consider the season and weather. The temperature should be 70 degrees or warmer, and butterflies must be released during the day.
  • Before placing an order, it is a good idea to check a company's guarantees and cancellation policy. The Butterfly Release Company, for example, guarantees[12] its butterflies will arrive alive and on-time and offers a full refund for orders cancelled at least three days in advance.
  • The International Butterfly Breeders Association offers a butterfly release chart[13] showing which types of butterflies can be released in which states. They also offer a butterfly release company locator[14] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/cat--Butterfly-Wedding-Release-Packages-%26-Prices...
  2.  www.clearwaterbutterfly.com/index.php/2009/11/test-product-wedding-package-1/
  3.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/cat--Butterfly-Wedding-Release-Packages-%26-Prices...
  4.  www.clearwaterbutterfly.com/index.php/2009/11/wedding-package-2/
  5.  www.clearwaterbutterfly.com/index.php/2009/11/wedding-package-3/
  6.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/cat--Butterfly-Wedding-Release-Packages-%26-Prices...
  7.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/cat--Butterfly-Wedding-Release-Packages-%26-Prices...
  8.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/ecom-splash/COREseo.html
  9.  www.clearwaterbutterfly.com/
  10.  www.swallowtailfarms.com/pages/butterflyreleases_rb.html
  11.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/page--Common-questions-about-having-a-Butterfly-Re...
  12.  www.butterflyreleasecompany.com/page--Common-questions-about-having-a-Butterfly-Re...
  13.  www.butterflybreeders.org/public/release_matrix.html
  14.  www.butterflybreeders.org/public/butterflies-where_to_buy.cfm
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