A very unique and breath-taking ceremony is the release of butterflies. They are so beautiful and provide an air of wonder to your ceremony. Butterflies are the universal symbol, of hope and a new beginning.
The ceremony was at a golf and country club west of Ottawa. It was a gorgeous sunny day – a perfect day for the release. The guests did not know that this ceremony was to occur. The couple had decorated the gazebo with flowers and butterflies – so the theme had been established. When I announced that we would have this ceremony, there was a feeling of delight and anticipation in the crowd. The butterflies come in live little cardboard triangular boxes. Eighty of these boxes were distributed throughout the audience – enough for one per couple present.
The butterfly release ceremony is a native ritual. Before the release I said the following:
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.
Today we have gathered to grant this couple all our
best wishes and are about to set these
butterflies free in the trust all these wishes will be granted.
The couple opened their box first to release their Monarch butterfly. All the remaining Monarch butterflies were released immediately after. It was a very special and breathtaking wonder to see all these butterflies surrounding us. Some flew away, some perched themselves on the flowers around the gazebo. All of us were touched by this special ritual. It was a touching addition to their wedding ceremony – a new beginning for a couple. Butterflies really do embody hope.