In life, there are some purchases which are considered more significant such as a headstone. A memorial is the only thing that preserves the memory of a beloved for years to come. A gravestone may not cost like a new car, but there is a broad spectrum of factors which determines its cost. You can plan for a memorial that fits your budget if you consider the following 5 factors.

The type of material

Over the last few decades, the types of stones which are mined across the globe have increased tremendously. Today, you can find imported raw materials with diversity in texture and other qualities. Take granite for instance- you can have the Indian jet granite which is black in color or the Georgian granite which is blue. The two granites come at different prices. It is important to learn their differences so you can get the most exquisite grades of the granite and even the marble. You can seek advice from monumental experts because they know which materials last and which one fits your budget.

The headstone design

Once again, a memorial counselor can help you pick an appropriate headstone design for your beloved. In case you want to design your headstone, there are certain skills you must have such as extra lettering, shaping a headstone, and etching or symbolic curving. The cost of extra lettering is determined per letter rate. You might want to add essential quotes or verses. As far as the headstone shape is concerned, the design options are limitless. The shapes range from hearts, abstract shapes, crosses, geometric design, etc. Curving is a reflection of the beloved’s values or lifestyle. There are a lot of details which can be reflected by carving.

Headstone size

Like the designs, the sizes of tombstones vary greatly. You can order a large and upright monument or a smaller grass level stone. Cemetery rules will determine the size and of course your budget. The cost increases with size.

Type of finish

A 3D finish would cost more than a natural or rugged finish. If you go through an online memorial portfolio, you will notice different textures and finishes.  Most people prefer smooth and polished designs for the base and edges of a headstone.

Rules of the cemetery

Families are advised to familiarize themselves with the regulations at the cemetery where the beloved will be laid. Only particular sizes and materials are allowed in cemeteries. For instance, some cemeteries in the U.S just enable bronze gravestones, meaning that you will have wasted your money if you bought a marble or granite tombstone before checking the cemetery rules. Bronze is a relatively expensive material as compared to granite or marble. But you should check the available prices from different memorial companies and get one that suits your budget.

If you take your time to explore different companies, you can find affordable headstones even at the local gravestone designers’.