Butterfly releases at weddings are becoming increasingly popular and butterfly farms are springing all over the place to meet the demand. I can see the appeal. Butterflies are marvels of nature and an obvious symbol of transformation. And they’re eye candy. But before you run out and order a bunch in the mail for your wedding, read this article. It might make you lean towards flower petals.

Photo: Butterfly Dress, Luly Yang, Seattle, Washington.