Outdoor Memorials and Memorial Markers

About Outdoor Memorials and Memorial Markers

From traditional grave markers to outdoor memorial plaques, stones, and benches, outdoor memorials are a lovely way to pay tribute to a deceased loved one or pet in a peaceful, natural setting.

Since ancient times, family members have used markers to identify the burial plots of their loved ones. Over the centuries, grave markers evolved from primitive piles of rock to today's beautifully crafted custom outdoor plaques of stone, granite, bronze, or marble.

The growing popularity of cremations in recent years has led to a corresponding reduction in the number of in-ground burials. But although the practical need for grave markers has declined, the natural human desire for a special place to commemorate the dead – a physical location where one can pay tribute to a friend or family member who has died – endures. Outdoor memorial plaques and other markers can be a wonderful way to do this.

Perfect Memorials offers a variety of outdoor memorials to suit any taste and fit any budget. Following are some examples.

Garden Bench Memorials

If spending a few moments reflecting or meditating in a natural setting brings you peace and comfort, a garden bench memorial may be the ideal memorial for you. Our garden benches are available in several sizes and styles with standard engraving, or you can select a custom engraved memorial bench to be personalized with your own unique inscription. Some also include garden memorial plaques attached to the benches. All of our memorial benches are weatherproof and guaranteed for a lifetime of use.

Garden Stone Memorials

Our garden stone memorials are beautiful works of art designed to enhance any garden or outdoor setting.

  • Candleholder memorial stones. Weatherproof and durable, candleholder memorial stones are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Each stone comes with detailed standard engraving in your choice of thoughtful inscriptions.

  • Custom engraved memorial stones. Black marble, bluestone, or whitestone memorial stones in assorted shapes and sizes can be custom engraved with your personal inscription. Choose from a script, block or decorative font for these memorial garden plaques; depending on size, each stone will accommodate from 4 to 6 lines of text with 18 characters per line.

  • Memorial stone cremation urns. These combination urns and memorials stones make handsome garden monuments. Each comes with standard engraving; to personalize, choose stones that include custom-engravable marble or bronze outdoor memorial plaques.

  • Statuary memorial stones. Perfect Memorials offers statuary memorial stones in the shapes of crosses, totems, animals, tablets, and more. These stones are weatherproof and designed to last a lifetime.

Granite Burial Markers

Our burial markers are outdoor memorial plaques made of polished black granite and custom-etched by expert craftsmen using the latest laser technology to produce imagery and text with the highest quality and clarity and exceptional detail. Burial markers may be engraved with standard images and text, or you can specify custom engraving.

Some of our burial markers are suitable for portrait etching. Just send your original color or black-and-white photo. We will send a draft of the layout for your approval and then return your original photo along with the finished marker. We can also modify the image upon request.

Bronze Grave Markers

Whether you're looking for a marker to place over a gravesite or elsewhere, there are few outdoor memorial plaques that capture the grace and dignity of bronze grave markers. Available in a range of sizes and designs, including a number of options for background texture, color, and border style, bronze markers can be personalized with up to 8 lines of text with 55 characters each. These personalized outdoor memorial plaques also include “conceal-mount" hardware so that they can be easily installed in the cemetery of your choice.

Because of the nature of this type of grave marker, our trusted associates will contact the cemetery where you plan to install the marker to verify that the marker you have selected meets their guidelines. Our team will also contact you with a proof of your marker's design before it goes to the foundry so that any changes can be made promptly.

Cast Bronze Plaques

Ideal for installation on any wall, cast bronze plaques are a beautiful way to honor a departed loved one or other important individual. These plaques are available in several different sizes, from 7.5" x 5" to 24" x 18". Each includes “conceal-mount" hardware so that they can be installed flush to the wall.

Depending on which size bronze plaque you choose, you may have up to 9 lines of text with 46 characters each. You don't need to use all of the provided space; your skilled graphics team will lay out your plaque so that it looks its best, and send you a proof to confirm the design. Many of these plaques also have space for a graphic or logo of your choosing, and we have an extensive collection of artwork available at no additional charge. If you'd like to include an image, please contact our customer service team at 1-800-979-8767.

Photo Plaques

Made of durable ceramic, photo plaques are ideal for placement on headstones, memorial walls, or outdoor memorial plaques. You send us a photo of your choosing and the image will be fired onto a ceramic plaque at very high temperatures. This allows the plaque to achieve a beautiful finish, and it won't fade, deteriorate, or break. An adhesive and instructions for attaching the photo plaque to a marker will be included with your order.

Lawn Memorial Markers

These outdoor memorial plaques are made from 100% recycled cast aluminum and given an attractive finish that can resemble cast bronze, copper, or another metal. You have the option of lawn markers, which include stakes so that the plaque can be placed into the ground, or wall markers, which include hardware for mounting on a wall. Choose from several different shapes, all with the phrase “In Memory Of" followed by the name and dates for the deceased.

Sympathy Wind Chimes

Made from pewter and often including stained glass accents, sympathy wind chimes can typically be custom engraved with several lines of text. We also have magnetic wind chimes available, which are perfect for adding magnets that honor those who served in the Army, Marines, or as a firefighter. This is a wonderful way to honor someone who spent their life serving others.

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How to select the right size urn

Enter in an approximate weight of your loved one before cremation and we will tell you the size needed.

Choosing the right size urn

Try finding an urn with our easy cremation urn finder.

Choosing the right size urn is easy. For every one pound before cremation you will need 1 cubic inch of volume. For example, a loved one weighing 200 pounds will need an urn that is at least 200 cubic inches or larger. Choosing an urn larger then you need is OK.