1st Choice Memorials Ltd, our trade business, is an independently run, nationwide supplier of memorials to both Stonemasons and Funeral Directors.
Services we offer range from “Supply Only” through to a complete “Lettered and Fixed” option, with good customer service being at the heart of what we do. A first class service and product is what our customers expect and we make it our business to ensure that’s exactly what they receive.
In addition to our standard range, we routinely supply “Bespoke” memorials of all shapes and sizes, made to our customers’ detailed specifications. We welcome new ideas and enjoy creating something really special.
We welcome visits from Trade customers to our factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire where we stock hundreds of memorials, ready for immediate collection.
Visit the 1st Choice Memorials Website to register your details and browse our collection.
The ground requires time to settle after a burial so it is important to wait before installing your memorial. A headstone can usually be erected on a grave six months after the last burial has taken place but a period of 1 year is most common. If cremated remains are interred in a grave, a headstone may be fixed after 3-6 months, as the ground requires less settling time but this can vary. If you tell us which cemetery/crematorium your memorial will be installed in, we can find out the specific rules for you and advise accordingly.
The photograph you choose should be clear and preferably of a high print quality. We can remove backgrounds and other people from the photo if necessary. Try to choose a photo which is not blurred or damaged in any way.
Consider whether the photo would best suit a landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) photo plaque. In some cases your choice is restricted by the size/shape of your stone and the quantity of inscription text, if you are unsure please contact our staff and they will advise you.
For more detailed information about the format and size of photos, see our downloadable guide.
Our standard terms for payment are as follows:
20% Deposit when memorial ordered as above.
75% of balance plus burial ground fee payable when permit received from cemetery or church authority. Obtaining permit takes on average 2-3 weeks from first installment.
Final balance payable on completion (ie. when memorial is in place, approximately 12 weeks after receipt of second installment).
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I just wanted to offer my thanks to you all for the lovely work that went into the memorial stone I ordered for my parents, it looks so much better than I ever thought it could. The whole process was made so easy for me, both in written and telephone correspondence. Please relay my thanks to everyone. I am very, very pleased and will definitely be recommending Memorials of Distinction in the future.
Jacqueline O Sent by email: 18/03/2019
I can’t thank Memorials of Distinction enough for producing such a beautiful headstone. It was everything and more, that I had asked for. Everyone in the family was very happy and impressed. So thank you again for that miracle.
Lesley, you personally were so kind and understanding throughout the whole process, I’m convinced you may have wings.
Helen D. Sent by email: 11/06/2019
Thank you so much for the wonderful stone. I am so pleased with it, even if its something I never expected to have to buy. I had dreaded the process and it’s taken me six years to do it, thank you so much for all your help and patience. I really appreciate it.
Karen Y. Sent by email: 29/01/2020
Factory & Showroom (Head Office)
The Memorial Works
Southfields Road Dunstable LU6 3EP