Picking up someone from the airport means more than giving them a lift home, to their hotel, or to their final destination. It also shows just how much you care and how thrilled you are to see them again. After a long-awaited “hello,” presenting them with a bouquet full of their favorite flowers is a thoughtful symbol of your friendship, relationship, love, or simply gratitude for their visit. As you select the best blooms to brighten their day after a flight, the experts here at Conklyn’s Florist, the best flower shop in Alexandria, are offering insight into the meaning and symbolism behind some flowers that are perfect for an airport greeting.
Perfect Flowers for a Meaningful Greeting
Fresh Flowers for Friends
When a good friend is coming to visit you, greet them with the warmest welcome at the airport to honor your friendship and help them feel more at home. From conveying how much they mean to you to simply bringing a bouquet full of cheer, take a look at these blooms to choose the best flowers and stems based on their symbolism.
- Alstroemeria – Friendship and Optimism
- Chrysanthemums – “You’re a wonderful friend”
- Geraniums – True Friendship
- Iris – “Your friendship means so much to me”
- Yellow Roses – Friendship and Joy
- Yellow Tulips – Friendship and Cheerfulness
- Zinnias – “Never forget absent friends”
Romantic Blooms for Significant Others
After a long week or even a long weekend apart, there is often a longing to reconnect and embrace your significant other. As the anticipation grows and this time for you to pick them up from the airport approaches, the joy and excitement you feel may leave you tongue-tied. To help convey a sweet message to your sweet someone, let the language of flowers create the proper greeting they deserve.
- Dahlia – Excitement and Lasting Bond
- Forget-Me-Not – “True love memories”
- Roses – Romance, Passion, and Love
- Honeysuckle – “The bond of love”
- Lavender – Enchantment, and Love at First Sight
- Pink Camellia – Longing and often given to those we miss
- Red Chrysanthemums – “I love you”
- Stocks – Bonds of Affection and Happy Life
Meaningful Petals for Family
When a family member from far away comes to visit us, or they return from a journey, it fills our hearts with warmth and gratitude to be back in their presence. As we go to pick up family at the airport, it is not uncommon to be prepared with thoughtful blooms to give them a special greeting. Let them know how much it means to you that they have arrived safely, are here to spend time with you, or that you missed them.
- Hydrangea – Sincerely Heartfelt and Gratitude
- Orange Tulips – Warmth
- Peach Roses – Missing Someone
- Pink Carnations – Gratitude and a Mother’s Undying Love
Cheerful Flowers for Any Traveler/Visitor
It can often be hard to decide what type of blooms and flowers are best to help welcome guests. After sitting through a long flight, we are sure an energizing and uplifting bouquet, with the symbolism of happiness and joy for their company, is perfect. As you browse for blooms, consider some popular, cheerful classics.
- Baby’s Breath – Happiness
- Calla Lilies – Rejuvenation, Classy Style, and Luxurious Appeal
- Gerbera Daisies – Cheerfulness and Loyal Love
- Pink Roses – Appreciation, Joy, and Gratitude
- Safflowers – Welcome
- Sunflowers – Happiness
- Sweet Pea – “Thank you,” Bliss, Pleasure, and a great way to bid someone “farewell” after a wonderful visit
- Wisteria – Welcome
- Yellow Lily – Gratitude
Related Meanings of Colors
The color of a flower also tells a story that is both inspiring and eye-catching. In addition to the symbolism behind a specific type of flower, you can select the perfect blooms based on their meaningful hue. Express yourself through various colored petals such as:
- Light Pink – Admiration
- Peach – Gratitude
- Pink – Gratitude and Appreciation
- Red – Passion, Love, and Romance
- Yellow – Joy and Friendship
The practice of greeting out-of-town travelers and guests with fantastic flowers has been a tradition in many countries for centuries. The iconic Hawaiian Island welcome of gifting visitors a lei began in the 1800s as steamships carried passengers to the vibrant islands. This symbol of respect, “aloha,” and hospitality took on the form of strung up flowers, nuts, and shells and has since been known as the “authentic Hawaiian hello.” Still today, this thoughtful gesture is shared with vacationers as they are met with leis at the airport and upon arrival at their hotels.
Find inspiration while you browse the online collection of floral bouquets to help greet your favorite travelers and give them a warm, comforting welcome at the airport. Your friends and experts here at Conklyn’s Florist are always excited to share with you the language of flowers.
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