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Special Releases

Butterfly Wedding Releases (Founded in 1993)

In Association with South African Butterfly Breeding Association (SABBA)
A Non Profit Company (NPC) – Registration No. 2005/035553/08, P. O. Box 599, Ramsgate, 4285.

We have been supplying SA butterflies as confetti since 1999.
Note; This service is not available to wedding/function Coordinators or wedding/function Venues


To avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations
– we do not deal with third parties –


“A messenger of good wishes is released, to carry our desired thoughts to those have passed on, in the remembrance of who they really were. This reminds us of our destiny, as the butterfly fades into the distance – to carrying out final words of good will.”

Imagine your special event photos filled with beautiful butterflies surrounding your loved ones. Or, have each guest participate by releasing a single butterfly. Either type of butterfly release will ensure that everyone will forever remember your remarkable day.


We are carrier butterflies and carry your wishes of love, goodwill and faith on our silent wings and so deliver them in silence.
We butterflies, are perfect creatures and are honoured by your request to allow us this one good, small deed, as ambassadors of your desired wish, to be carried by us on the current of the winds. In silence, we await your beckoning and in silence, we shall serve you, your desired wish. So when you see a butterfly resting on the ground, or suckling on a flower to replenish its thirst, please admire us for the deeds we perform. We shall remember you too.

– Earle Whitely

The releasing of butterflies at various occasions and functions can be bright, enjoyous times such as at parties, births and christenings, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, schools for education, graduations and matric dances, corporate events and grand openings, mothers day and fathers day, weddings, memorials and funerals. The occasions at which butterflies can be released are endless.

Whether you want a symbolic release for a graduation party or a unique and exciting highlight to your anniversary party, a butterfly release is sure to create lasting memories for all in attendance.

In our endevour to produce the best service posible, Butterfly Releases has adopted the Code of Conduct of The South African Butterfly Breeding Association (SABBA). Its function is to deal with controversial issues, by setting out guidelines for the “butterfly enthusiast”, accommodating their individual rights as well as those rights of the environment, species and related ecosystems. Enhancing the release of butterflies in local communities that will improve the quality of ecosystems, their species and creating suitable environments for all animal, bird, vegetation, shrub, tree and bird species alike. All to coincide with one another, as each one is dependant on another for its survival. By releasing butterflies, you are assisting in this scientific program and at the same time fulfilling your personal needs. These occasions bring to you a special feeling of not only just helping our butterfly species, but symbolically to the universe.

Butterflies are fragile and should always be treated with care and we have to realize that they are there to serve a purpose as well as to provide us humans with a deep sense of understanding and a great pleasure. A sense of peace forming a tranquility of the heart.

What we all should know about our butterfly carriers?

The symbolism of butterflies signifies something different to each person who gets one,
while the meaning assigned to butterflies differs from culture to culture.

  • The ancient Celts believed that butterflies were souls seeking a new mother.
  • The ancient Greeks called them ‘psyche’, because their flitting from flower to flower represented the constant movement within the human mind.
  • For many the releasing of butterflies at weddings symbolizes happiness, as butterflies dart off in all directions proclaiming the promised marriage of two souls bound in Gods trust and word.
  • The Blackfoot tribe of American Indians believed that they bring dreams to people.
  • The Chinese see them as a symbol of love.
  • Many other cultures see them as a common symbol of transformation, representing a persons metamorphosis through life.
  • In some other cultures, butterflies are seen as the souls of departed relatives.
  • In some images of the Garden of Eden, Adam’s soul is symbolized by a butterfly.
  • In many countries the Cleopatra butterfly is called the Easter Jesus and tend to appear around Easter and is considered a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.
  • All around the world butterflies represent the winged messengers of some kind or other and always touch the souls of all humans.
  • A readily new trend in America is to hold butterfly release ceremonies to symbolize a loved one’s “release” from this life.
  • 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 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 a butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.