If you have recently been tasked with planning a funeral for a loved one, there are many different tasks that have to take place. One of those tasks is providing a funeral program or memorial booklet for your service. There are many different ways you can get funeral programs made for your memorial service, but if you are under a time constraint or if cost is an issue, you may want to create funeral programs at home. Making your own funeral programs can be quick and easy if you use a funeral program template.
Funeral program templates are widely available on the internet, and come in many different designs and layouts. You can also use them with a variety of software programs including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and Apple Pages. Once you find a template you like, simply download the funeral template to your computer and begin editing and adding your pictures. Professional templates should have sample information already laid out to make it easy for you to add you own personalized information.
Easy Funeral Programs
Here are some tips to make easy funeral programs that still look great to honor your loved one’s memory. Funeral templates and memorial clipart can help you easily make professional-looking simple funeral programs.
Use a Bifold (single fold) funeral program template
The bifold (single fold) template prints on standard letter sized 8 1/2″x11″ paper, which is easy to get and inexpensive. There also are not fancy folds with the bifold layout. You only have to worry about information for 4 panels of information, so completing, printing and folding your program should be quick and easy. If you need a little more space for photos, but still want to keep it simple, consider using a large tabloid (11″x17″) funeral program template. This will print out on a bigger sheet of paper, but it still has the simple bifold layout. However, note that when using bigger paper, most home printers may not be able to print on such a large sheet, and copy shops will charge additional more money for printing on larger paper.
Keep your program to one page (printed front and back or duplex).
Multiple pages on a program increases the time it takes to complete it. It also increases the printing time as well as the costs associated with printing such as ink, toner and paper. Multiple pages also makes the program more difficult because you will have to manage multiple pages in your software program, and it may get confusing on how it will print out. If using multiple pages do a test print EARLY ON, so you will know where the information is when you fold them.
Keep photos to a minimum
Typically a funeral program will have one cover photo. To keep the program simple, only use one photo. If you do not have a photo, use a template that doesn’t need a cover photo. Many family member may want to include additional family photos in the program. Although funeral program photos are a great addition to any program or memorial booklet, gathering and editing photos can be very tedious and time consuming.
Keep text formatting to a minimum
Once you’ve started typing in your information, you should keep formatting of text to a minimum. Keep the standard font that comes with the template, don’t get carried away with bold, underlines, italics, etc. Having different font styles and colors can complicate your program, and can also make the program more difficult to edit.
Consult the internet for examples
Instead of trying to think of the funeral program wording, consult the internet for examples. There are many examples of the funeral order of service, sample obituaries, funeral poems, scriptures, acknowledgements and thank you. You can also find many sample funeral programs. You can save hours of time getting ideas from other sources.
You an quickly and easily make and print your own programs if you use these time-saving tips. You will end up with a beautiful funeral program that your family and friends will cherish.