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 wanted to thank Memorials of Distinction for providing a very efficient, professional and friendly service which was also extremely quick. My Mother & Father’s memorial was booked and then the lockdown occurred and even through this the Headstone was still erected the company strived to get any outstanding orders finalised before everything shut – your crew also kindly took photographs of the memorial so we could see it or though could not visit at that time and this little extra touch made a huge difference. The memorial is just as ordered and a fitting tribute to my parents.
Ann J. Sent by email: 16/06/2020
A very big thank you to everybody involved in getting my sister’s plaque in place before the first anniversary of her burial, it will mean so much to her children.
Your help throughout has been wonderful especially with problems encountered with the local council with delay after delay – every time I called you were very helpful.
Nick M. Sent by email: 11/01/2019
I have been sent a photo of my son/husbands headstone that has been put on earlier today. I would just like to say thank you so much. It is more beautiful than I expected and we are so pleased with it. Everyone has been so helpful and professional. Thank you so much.
Kim W. Sent by email: 09/10/2019
Factory & Showroom (Head Office)
The Memorial Works
Southfields Road Dunstable LU6 3EP