Design a Headstone with our Online Customization Tool

Putting together a meaningful memorial to commemorate the life of a loved one is a vast responsibility. Designing a headstone for a loved one is not a task we encounter every day. While finalizing funeral plans may seem simple to some, others might not know where to start. With almost a century of experience in handcrafting headstones, Legacy Headstones is an excellent resource for headstone etching designs. With our Headstone Designer tool, we can help you select a headstone design that best represents your loved one.

Designing a Headstone: What are Your Options?

Once you’ve chosen the type and material for the headstone, you can customize its design. Headstones might be used to identify the name, birth and death dates of the deceased, but they can also have a touch of personality. Small but meaningful details can be added to honor your loved one and provide something for those who visit the grave to enjoy. This can include special artwork or meaningful anecdotes that the deceased or next of kin desired.

Imagery

A symbolic image or series of photographs can be really special on your loved one's headstone. There are many ways to incorporate this with our Headstone Designer tool. At Legacy Headstone, our expert craftsmen use machine-assisted technology or their own hands to carefully etch designs into bronze or granite. For a full-color photograph, a ceramic image might be the most suitable option. If a photograph might be too painful to see, we recommend adding another image that represents the beliefs or passions of the deceased. For example, if your loved one was religious, you might consider adding a cross, the Star of David, or a pair of angel wings. No matter what you choose, our headstone etching designs can help you honor the deceased in a meaningful way.

Lettering

The font used to create an inscription can have a great impact on the overall look of a headstone. When designing a headstone, the five most common typefaces used to inscribe epitaphs are:

  • - Classic Roman

  • - Optima

  • - Old English

  • - Uncial Gothic

  • - Zapf Chancery

Some types of lettering require deeper cuts on the part of the stonemason and are more compatible with certain materials. Before you decide, you can consult with the Legacy Headstones experts to get recommendations based on the inscription and the material of your loved one’s headstone.

Color

Gravestones are available in a wide variety of colors, so choosing the right one can seem intimidating. Some cemeteries place firm restrictions on headstone color and material. Before deciding to buy, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate cemetery personnel to ensure compliance. Granite is the most popular headstone material because it resists weathering and retains its shine for centuries. You'll find this particular option is available in black, blue, gray, pink, red, and more. If your loved one requested a bronze memorial, you have several oxidation options to choose from. Bronze develops a patina over time, and the result ranges from antiqued green to light or dark brown. The experts at Legacy Headstones can guide you through all of this and more when you design a headstone for your loved one.

Contour

The cuts and curves of your loved one’s headstone can affect other design elements. When designing a headstone, you can choose between a rectangular, square, or pointed top. Some cemeteries ask that headstone bases feature curved edging to protect them from lawn mowing equipment. If you can’t seem to find a shape that speaks to you, Legacy Headstones can customize the contour and molding of your loved one’s monument.

Dimensions

Keep in mind, all private and public cemeteries have headstone dimension requirements. As a result, it's important that you follow and comply with any rules or regulations. Standard sizes for single graves are usually 24 by 12, 28 by 16, and 18 by 24 inches. In comparison, companion graves are usually 36 by 18 or 44 by 14 inches. A stonemason from Legacy Headstones will be able to adapt your headstone design in order to meet the chosen cemetery's requirements.

Choose Legacy Headstones to Design a Headstone For Your Loved One

We fully understand that deciding how to design a headstone can be a difficult, emotional process. That's where our experts can help. When you work with us, we guide you through the process and provide expert tips each step of the way. 

You'll find Legacy Headstones offers a wide selection of headstones and grave markers. Choose from our flat, upright and premium headstones to get started. With our online customization tool, you have the power to save and make changes until you design a headstone that's just right. After the design has been approved and purchased, the team at Legacy Headstones will manufacture the piece according to your exact specifications. Contact us today with any questions, and a member of our courteous staff will be glad to assist.

Create Your Loved One’s Customized Headstone

At Legacy Headstones it is our goal to provide you with the tools you need in order to create the perfect headstones for graves that honor your loved one. Legacy Headstones has been a family run business for almost 100 years so we understand the importance of a legacy. Creation and design of headstones may have changed over the years but one thing has not, our family tradition. We are proud to have our two sons Shane and Dustyn to carry on the craft of providing people with quality headstones at affordable prices.

We understand that it is always hard to lose a loved one, and we hope that Legacy Headstones can make choosing the right memorial as easy as possible. Our free memorial designer is easy to use and helps to ensure they you are able to create the perfect headstone for the departed. It really is simple, just choose the style of headstone you wish to customize, then use the designer to add anything you wish such as a family name, favorite quote, or even an image. Our designer gives you the opportunity to continue your loved one’s legacy and pass it on to future generations!


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