Losing a family member, loved friend or pet is such an emotional moment in time. We’ve all got our own way of grieving and remembering those close to us that have sadly passed away. For some, memorial plaque is a poignant way to commemorate a life well lived or one tragically cut short.
Where to place your memorial plaque?
If you’ve decided that a memorial plaque is something you’d like to commission, then usually, you’ll have some ideas of where it should be located. Maybe there’s a bench in a public garden that holds happy memories, or perhaps, as a keen gardener, planting a new tree would be more appropriate.
Your loved one’s plaque can be created to suit any environment and location. Popular choices include –
- Bench Memorial Plaque
- Memorial Tree Plaque
- Golf Memorial Plaque
- Public Garden Memorial Plaque
Style of Memorial Plaques
Once you’ve decided on the location and type of plaque you’d like created for you, you’ll then need to select the message and, of course, the style of plaque you’d like.
There are three main styles of memorial plaques to consider.
Brass Memorial Plaque
Brass plaques are crafted from 3mm thick, highly polished brass. They’re usually infilled in black, which helps create a strong contrast and ensures that your message stands the test of time.
They can be used indoors or outdoors and can withstand humidity and prolonged exposure to water without affecting their finish.
Bronze Memorial Plaque
Engraved from 3mm thick aged bronze, a bronze memorial plaque is a premium alternative that creates a striking, maintenance free memorial. The bronze is patinated to give it a strong, dark finish that works so well with a white or cream infill.
For an, even more, elegant finish you might consider having your plaque reverse etched. This process etches away the background to leave the letter showing in the original polished bronze.
Stainless Steel Memorial Plaque
For a more modern memorial plaque, you might want to consider a stainless steel plaque to remember your loved one. With a brushed or polished finish, stainless steel memorials are engraved from 3mm thick, 316-grade steel which means they are robust and can stand any weather conditions. This includes being submerged in salt water – ideal if your thinking of having a beachfront memorial bench.
A stainless steel plaque is a contemporary option that gives you a nice alternative to the traditional bronze or brass plaque.
The text on your plaque shouldn’t be smaller than 5mm high. Any smaller and you risk the message you’ve created being unreadable. The designer you use should be able to advise you of any issues and will steer you clear of making a mistake that could detract from your final plaque.
Got A Memorial Plaque Question? You Ask – We Answer
We know that it can be a tough, emotional and stressful time when dealing with the loss of a loved one. We also know that this might be your first time commissioning a memorial plaque. You’ll no doubt have many questions. Click here to get in touch and we’ll happily offer you specific advice for your personal situation.