Traditionally a bride tosses her floral bouquet to the unmarried females attending the reception. Florists often design bouquets so that a portion of it can be retained by the bride as a sentimental keepsake. Floral bouquets from weddings, proms or special events can be dried to preserve the memories and the flowers. If the dried bouquet is placed in a decorative glass jar (with a lid) it can be displayed for years without gathering dust on its petals.
Immediately begin the drying procedure. After the event, don't put the bouquet in the refrigerator if you intend to dry the flowers. While refrigeration will preserve the fresh flowers for a few days, they will begin to wilt, which will produce an inferior dried bouquet. The fresher the flowers are when you begin the process, the better the result.
Remove any foliage that was damaged during the event, without destroying the overall look of the bouquet. This might be removing a broken leaf or flower bud.
Attach the bouquet to a clothes hanger using a clothespin. Hang the bouquet upside down from the bottom of the clothes hanger. If the bouquet is too heavy for the clothespin, attach the bouquet to the clothes hanger using a piece of wire.
Hang the clothes hanger in dry, a warm, well ventilated location out of the direct sun. If properly done, the bouquet will be hanging upside down. The clothes hanger might be hung from a hook in the ceiling or wall, a curtain rod or clothesline. Allow the bouquet to hang free, without touching anything. It will take two to three weeks for the flowers to dry.