Choosing Funeral Program Template

Choosing the Right Funeral Program Template

If you are planning to create a funeral program, you have probably checked the internet and discovered hundreds of resources for funeral program templates. funeral program templates are the quickest and easiest way to create a funeral or memorial booklet, and you can download your file and get started immediately. You may find, however,the the choices available are overwhelming. This article can help you determine how to select the template that is right for you.

What funeral program template design will you select?

The first step in selecting a template is to decide what design you may want. Again, you will find that there are many, many options to choose from. You may want to start be choosing a design based on the following.

1. Color — Your loved one may have had a signature color or you may have a particular color theme for your funeral or memorial service.
2. Religious Designs — Religion or spirituality may have been important to you loved one or family, and you may decide to choose a template with religious symbols
3. Nature Theme — If your loved one enjoyed nature, outdoors, mountains, beaches, gardening or parks, you may decide to go with a design that showcases a natural background.
4.  Floral Designs — Flowers are very appropriate for funeral and memorial programs.  You can choose your loved one’s favorite flower as well as color.
5. Hobby or Career Theme — You may choose to a background cover that features hobbies such as golf or sailing as well as career themes.

For more information about designs, see our article on Funeral Program Template Designs.

What paper size and layout?

Next, you will need to choose what kind of paper size and layout you will need. Templates come in a variety of paper sizes including letter (8.5″x 11″), legal (8.5″x 14″), half sized cards and tabloid (11″x 17″), just to name a few. You will also have to decide on a layout. Common layouts include bifold (single fold), tri-fold (z-fold), graduated or step folds, and bottom graduated (step) folds. When choosing a paper size, consider what paper size you can get in your area. Some specialty sizes may have to be ordered, which may slow you down. When selecting a layout, the main factor is how much information you choose to put in your program. Information included in a program may include the order of service, obituary, poems, photos and many other types of information. If you don’t have a lot of information, select a smaller paper size with a simple layout. If you have lots of information you should consider a larger paper size, and a more complex layout.  Need help deciding what to include in your funeral program?  Read our article on Funeral Program Wording for more information.

For more information about funeral program template layouts, see our article on Funeral Program Template Layouts.

What Software Application will you use?

Templates can be created and formatted in many different software packages. The of the more common software programs include Microsoft Word or Publisher for PC or Macs, Apple Pages, Adobe products such as Photoshop or Indesign and even free packages such as Open Office. You will need to know what program your template uses. Make sure that you have the software application loaded onto your computer before you purchase. If you are unclear, call or email the company to make sure you have the right software and version.  See our article on Funeral Program Template Software for more details.

You will also want to make sure you have a comfort level with these programs before you start creating your program. Funeral and memorial planning can be stressful, and you will have time constraints. You don’t want to have to “learn” a new software program during this time. Choose the template in the software that you are already comfortable with.

These three main factors can help you select the program that is right for you.