Organising Stationery

Funeral stationery can play an important role in creating a meaningful tribute and guiding mourners through the funeral service.

It can also serve as a tangible reminder of your loved one, providing a unique keepsake for you, family and friends after the funeral ceremony.

Types of Funeral Stationery

Most people are familiar with an Order of Service booklet, which has details such as location, timing and content for the funeral service. But there are other printed items that you might like to include too. These can enable you to capture words and memories from mourners, or can be a commemorative gift for people to take away with them once the funeral ceremony is complete.

Here are some of the more popular types of funeral stationery that you might like to consider:

Order of Service

An order of service is usually a booklet that outlines the proceedings for the funeral ceremony. It will usually have the name of the person, the date, time and location of the service, plus a selection of photographs too.

It also contains the words to hymns and songs and details of readings and who will take them.

It may have other information too, such as the location of the funeral reception, if there is to be one, or for charitable donations.

An order of service booklet can be designed and printed by a professional printer or could be produced at home. To find out more about what to include, please go to Order of Service Information.

Funeral Invitations

Send a formal notification to invite family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances to the funeral service. This can be a printed item hand delivered or posted, or sent via email or social media.

Memory Book or Book of Condolence

It can be lovely to have a memory book or book of condolence where mourners leave their names, a personal messages to the family and any cherished memories.

These also provide a welcome record of who attended the service. Many funerals are ‘open’, so anyone can come along on the day to pay their respects.

For the bereaved, the day often passes in a blur and it can be difficult to know or remember who was there.

Attendance or Memorial Cards

Attendance or memorial cards are increasingly popular. These are used to keep track of who attended the funeral ceremony. They can also be designed to include a space for guests to write messages or share memories.

Memorial Bookmarks

These can be personalised with the name and photo of your loved one, along with a meaningful quote or poem. Memorial bookmarks serve as a lasting memento that attendees can take home.

Prayer Cards

Often handed out at funerals or memorial services, prayer cards typically feature a religious image on one side and a comforting prayer on the other.

Thank You Cards

At a later date, a printed thank you card with a favourite photo can be a lovely way to acknowledge letters and support. These also provide a lasting keepsake for family and friends.

There are some beautiful ideas and photographs in the Inspiration Stationery for Funerals and Personal Touches & Keepsakes sections of whiteballoon.

Choosing the Right Funeral Stationery for Your Needs

Design Trends and Styles

The design of your funeral stationery will be a matter of personal choice and may also depend on the age and personality of the person you are remembering. The design can be a reflection of their own unique style and character and can be as simple or decorative as you wish.

For example, traditional designs with ornate borders, script fonts and formal layouts offer a timeless appeal.

Or you may want something more minimalist and modern, with clean lines and typography that does not distract from the purpose of the stationery.

Some people choose a theme that incorporates meaningful symbols, photographs, or artwork that captures the essence of the individual’s life. It may be nature inspired, with floral motifs or serene landscapes, or perhaps something more unusual and individual.

As well as the look of the items, consider the weight and quality of paper or card you would like to use. Get advice from your funeral director or printer.

Ordering and Customising Funeral Stationery

There are a number of options for producing funeral stationery, depending on how much you wish to do yourself:

  • Funeral director or celebrant – most funeral directors and celebrants can help with the design and printing of funeral stationery. They will be able to give you advice and prepare a quotation.
  • Local Printers – using a local printer may be your preferred option. You will then be able to meet with them in person and discuss options.
  • Online platforms – many online stationers and printers specialise in creating customised funeral stationery, either with their help and design input, or via customised templates that can be personalised with photos, text and other details.
  • Do it yourself – Alternatively, particularly if the quantity of items is small, you can produce something on your computer and print it at home.

Etiquette for Funeral Stationery

It is important to be sensitive when preparing funeral stationery. Here are some of the things to think about and common pitfalls to watch out for.

Sensitivity in Wording Choices or Religious Customs

Once of the most important aspects of funeral stationery etiquette is being mindful of the wording choices and religious customs. Different cultures have varying traditions and beliefs surrounding funerals, so it is vital to understand and respect these sensitivities.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

These errors can unintentionally cause distress during an already challenging and emotional time.

  • Misspelling names – take extra care when printing names, as incorrect spellings can be upsetting for family members.
  • Incorrect information – double-check all details such as dates, times, and locations before printing or sending out funeral stationery.
  • Insensitive language – avoid using phrases that may seem insensitive or disrespectful.

Where to Source Stationery

Your funeral director may be able to help you to order stationery. Alternatively, you can find suppliers of Funeral Stationery in the Providers section of whiteballoon.

If numbers required are low, some people choose to keep their costs down by printing the stationery themselves at home.

How whiteballoon Can Help

Details about Providers, plus items and images from our Inspiration pages can be saved to a personalised Ideas Folder in our Planning Tools section. This can be printed out and shared as necessary with family, friends, your funeral director or celebrant.

All our Planning Tools are free to use. Just Register to securely save information to your folder.

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