Putting together and printing a funeral program that both honors the person who has died and provides a lasting keepsake doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these tips to print an appropriate program for the funeral you are planning.
1. Plan to Create a Keepsake: Printing a program that can be put away as a keepsake is every bit as important to the funeral as choosing the right setting. Printing on cheap, lightweight paper may seem more economical, but is it really the way you want to honor someone special? Today’s office supply superstores make available a wide range of paper stock to use for your funeral program. You might even have time to order special paper stock online.
Whether you choose to print on card stock, high quality 28 pound to 32 pound paper stock or even a paper that’s slightly thicker than normal 20 pound printer paper, choose a paper on which printed photos don’t “show through” and your printer ink won’t smudge. One more tip regarding paper… making the choice to purchase a high “brightness” paper to give better photo contrast can make all the difference in the program’s appearance.
2. Visualize the Finished Program: While you might have time to lay out numerous color photos in a collage, how will the scanned photos actually look when printed? If printing on colored paper, will multiple colors of ink be visible or disappear? What effect are you hoping to achieve, a formal funeral program or a bright reminder of a colorful life? Take the time to visualize how you’d like your finished program to look. It will just take a moment longer, and save having to frantically reprint poorly planned programs at the last minute.
3. Consider Your Budget and Resources: As you’re selecting the photos, paper and text for the funeral program, keep in mind the resources available to print them and the
funeral order of service printing. Consider the printer and ink available. Attempting to print on card stock, for example, could prove difficult on both inkjet and laser home office printers. Choose a paper and program template size that can easily be printed on the equipment available to you. It’s not necessary to go to great expense to print a nicely laid-out funeral program on quality paper.
Work within your budget to reduce anxiety and funeral order of service printing
4. Coordinate Funeral Programs with Other Printed Materials: To prevent your printed materials from seeming “home-made” coordinate the texture, color and style of funeral program paper with any other printed materials you’ll be using. Perhaps you’re also printing funeral thank you cards, memorial cards or keepsakes such as bookmarks. Purchasing the same paper for several printed items will probably also be less expensive. Here’s another tip: if you’re following “green” funeral guidelines, be sure to look for recycled paper for your funeral program printing.
Plan the content and photos you’ll include in your funeral program, use a downloadable template for ease of layout and then choose a paper that fits your needs. In that way, you will create a program that truly honors your loved one.
If you have purchased a funeral program template from a trusted online resource, you usually will download a four page program, that is a program that is printed on one sheet of letter size paper, printed front and back. Sometimes, families are not sure how much information will be contained within a program and may need to add more pages to the template.
This can be easily accomplished with a little procedural help from the website you purchased it from. Generally, you add more pages to a program template when you run out of space in the existing layout. This may be because you are adding more photos or text than you originally thought you would. It’s not a problem doing this but depending on your skill level with the application software you’re working with will depend on your knowledge of the program.
As a whole, you will add pages by duplicating the inside page of a program. Then add as many as you need. It’s important to remember however that you must add in increments of two pages otherwise you’ll end up with a loose sheet of paper for an insert. If your desire is to create a booklet, then add the pages in twos.
Once the pages are added, you can then format them and customize as you desire. It’s also important to draft what your pages will look like before you add the pages. This will help you know which information will go on which page in the template when it is folded.