Our Advice for Headstone Selection

How do I order a custom-designed headstone?

We understand that ordering a memorial headstone is not something people do all the time, so our aims is to make the process easy and stress free for you.

Contact your nearest Waikato Stonecraft branch and our friendly team can help you with any questions you may have.

Our experienced team will ask you which cemetery the headstone is to go to, along with the name of the deceased. We will also find out if there are any council bylaws applying to the cemetery and area where the headstone is to be installed, as some cemeteries will have a restriction on the size of a headstone or plaque and sometimes even the design. In most public and private cemetries and Urapa, as long as we adhere to the the size requirements, we are usually able to install any headstone design you like.

Things to consider when ordering a headstone

  • Have a think about the future. Is the headstone for just the one person, or will there be additional details to be added at a later date?
  • Do you wish to have ceramic photographs on the headstone?
  • Do you have a verse or phrase you would like inscribed on the headstone or even onto the base?
  • Do you plan to have an unveiling, ceremony or service and what is the date for this?
  • Would you like Waikato Stonecraft to install the memorial or will the family attend to the installation themselves? 

We offer a full installation service throughout New Zealand. If the headstone is to be installed outside our coverage area, we will arrange another NZMMMA member to handle the installation and any necessary paperwork. Please remember, most public, council-run cemeteries do not allow anyone but a qualified monumental mason to install a headstone for Health and Safety reasons.

How long will my headstone take to make?

We are able to produce a high quality memorial for you in less than a week if necessary. Please note that custom memorial headstones will take longer to produce — up to 10 weeks and sometimes slightly longer. The normal timeframe for a headstone we have in stock is 3-to-4 weeks.

Deciding on an inscription

If you are having trouble with the inscription, call into one of our Waikato Stonecraft offices to discuss layout options with our staff. We have an experienced team who are adept at helping out with what wording to put on the headstone, the best way to lay the text out, what graphics would complement the wording and any other questions you may have. A ceramic photograph or a graphic image tells a story of your family member and is a lovely way to remember them by.

Drafting a headstone design

Once you have decided on a headstone design and your wording, our graphic artists will produce for you a draft layout of what the headstone will look like with your inscription. Obviously, this is only a draft and making changes is a common and expected part of the process.

When the draft is finished and signed off, the headstone will be produced and made ready for installation. If your family is picking the headstone up to install themselves, we will have the memorial covered ready for transportation. We can provide advice and a guide to installing a headstone for those who are taking care of the installation themselves.

View our custom Headstone Gallery here >> 

Have another question?

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They are only too willing to help with any question you may have regarding your memorial.