Whilst planning my own wedding, I have uncovered so many businesses in my local town but also in the whole of Northamptonshire. There are lots of people planning and setting up their own businesses in the area, sometimes they’re still in full time work and trying to fit it all in and others have been made redundant or left work and are giving their venture a go!
We love talking to such small businesses and Butterfly Celebrations UK were one such team. Debi and Christine are the enthusiastic pair who run this fabulous new venture.
Debi & Christine
The UK Butterfly population is in danger and so the main aim of Butterfly Celebrations UK is to release as many butterflies into the environment as possible over the coming years.
Once the ladies decided that they wanted to help the butterfly population, they then set about planning how they could fund their environmental mission. Butterfly releases were the answer! People can buy butterflies to release at a certain milestone event in their lives, they enjoy the grace and beauty of the butterflies and the money they spend funds the business of breeding more butterflies.
Anyone in the UK can order butterflies and they will be shipped in butterfly friendly packaging to your venue. Your chosen butterflies will come in a cooled outer packaging box, with a decorative inner box for the release of your butterflies. Full instructions are given.
Cages are available so your butterflies can move freely until release time
The butterflies will be sleeping until you open the box, they will gently awaken and emerge to explore their surroundings, settling on folk and getting acquainted with you and your guests. Butterfly Celebrations UK recommend spraying a little sugar water where you would like them to alight so they rest a little longer, giving time for a photo opportunity.
Spray your bridal bouquet so butterflies stay a while and appear in your photographs
Butterflies help to pollinate our plants, flowers, bushes, trees, fruits & vegetables, and is second only to our wonderful Bees, so they are a very special insect to release at a celebration as they are not only a joy to watch but they will go on to work their magic for many weeks afterwards.
Butterfly Celebrations UK only Native British Butterflies bred by ourselves for release at celebrations.
The pair now have an extensive breeding programme which enables them to offer a number of different breeds throughout the seasons. Releases are even possible during the Winter months when your release butterflies will find shelter to sleep & go into a dormant state, they will awaken as the temperatures and light improve in spring and carry on their amazing work, Debi adds “Please don’t worry about these clever little creatures all perishing, because if they did then how do they come back in the Spring each year. They’ll always find a cosy resting place.”
Sweet oranges feed the new hatchlings
Christine adds “If you do want a Winter release, you will more than likely be indoors, so once you have released your butterflies and enjoyed them, why not gently return them to their box, where they will go back to sleep and let them go again in the Spring time to enjoy all over again!”
Butterfly Celebrations UK offer various release packages. You can choose your type of butterfly (depending on the season), they will advise you if you need help, choose how many and book the date.
Many people are choosing a butterfly release as an alternative to confetti at their wedding, with its huge environmental benefits, and the company is also discovering that a release at funerals is a particularly poignant way to celebrate a loved ones life.
Christine tells us that they’ve had butterfly releases by people as a means of ‘moving on’ from a sad situation. “Sometimes in life we go through a storm, people realise that this turbulent time will not last for ever, it could be a time of sadness, or a release from a sad memory or the need to just move on after an illness or separation.
Whatever your reasons the releasing of butterflies can carry your stress away with them as they take their spiritual magic to the skies. The butterfly is a powerful animal to call upon in times of need to accompany you & offer support in times of personal transformation to elevate you and add colour into your future life changing decisions.”
The butterflies are all bred from hand chosen, strong specimens at their headquarters in Kettering, where they are cared for until the butterflies are packaged in their cool pack for butterfly friendly transportation.
The team spends their lunch hour hand picking nettles to feed their charges
To find out more visit the website at Butterfly Celebrations UK
Telephone: 07932 173319
Chrysalises at HQ !
Breeding and growing in full swing
Butterflies waiting to be carefully packed and transported
… both ladies even have their own butterflies!!