Lettering & Verses

We offer a comprehensive and professional lettering and inscription service for our memorials and plaques.

As standard, we offer machine-cut lettering using the latest sandblasting and stone cutting techniques. We are also happy to quote for hand cut lettering, but this is at a significant additional cost due to the labour involved.

Letters can be painted (a variety of colours are available), gilded with gold leaf, or filled. Certain stones will look better with a particular finish. For example, a light stone such as Portland looks best with dark painted inscriptions.

Our headstone prices include up to 60 letters, machine cut and painted or gilded. Extra letters will be charged at an additional cost per letter. The number of letters in the inscription may depend on the size of the stone.

We can offer hundreds of font styles for the lettering. We have examples of many of these fonts in our showroom. Please be aware that fonts used on word processing software do not always match the traditional masonry font of the same name.

In addition, we offer a selection of traditional designs such as roses, crosses etc. We can also carve designs to specific requirements, such as military badges, pets, particularly types of flowers, or designs to depict the hobbies or interests of your loved ones. Note that designs on stones going into churchyards should be biblical in nature and not coloured.

We can also offer advice and examples on the wording and verses for the memorial, based on conventions and previous work we have carried out. Please ask for any help you require.


We are extremely happy with all aspects of the service that has been provided. We would have no hesitation in recommending Ivett & Reed.

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