Program Styles

Which One Do I Choose?

Because there are so many different styles today on programs, it may help to note the advantages and characteristics of each type. By understanding what each of these styles provides, it will give you a better understanding on which funeral template to choose for a loved one.

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Single Fold Funeral Program (Center Fold Bifold Programs)

The traditional single fold funeral programs format is good because you can add as many pages as you'd like. The centerfold design comes in 3 sizes, letter, legal or tabloid and is often used for church bulletins and other type of event programs. This is the traditional style since it is the most widely used. A single fold down the center with multiple pages are often stapled or spiral bound in the center for a finished presentation. This is a popular choice for many families because it offers the most flexibility as far as adding more pages, if needed. The variety of sizes it is available in and easier assembly makes it a popular choice.

Graduated Step Fold Funeral Program (Step Fold, Tier, or Waterfall)

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The unique graduated style funeral program format presents side tabs on the right of the program and is increasingly becoming more popular among funeral programs. This layout is often called Step Fold, Tier or Waterfall layout as well as its more commonly used name Graduated Step Fold. The unique design gives it a special presentation and is generally provided in a 4 or 8-page layout. In general, this type of program does not exceed 8 pages because of the graduation of the pages. You can however, add pages within each graduated page, if desired but this is not a common practice and can be a bit tricky to add. It can be stapled if desired to complete the finishing touches. If your looking for something out of the ordinary, this is an attractive choice!

Trifold Brochures 

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Trifold brochures are beautiful because are compact in size and the type of fold makes it a wonderful keepsake to tuck within a book or Bible. The trifold brochures have extensive collage designs on the front and the back of the program. You cannot add additional pages to this type of format because of its style. There are 3 panels on each side in which you can add text within the brochure so if you have a lot of text to include, this may not be the best option. Our trifold brochure templates are set in legal size 8.5 x 14 and large tabloid 11 x 17 to ensure sufficient text and photo space. This layout is used in business brochures but is also popular among wedding and funeral programs.

Gatefold Programs

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The gatefold is similar to a trifold in that it provides 3 panels on each side of the paper for your content. The presentation fold is quite different however, since this layout with the 2 sides folding inward so that simulates a gate opening when the contents is revealed. It is also a unique format that is loved by many due to its different presentation. Because funeral programs often depict the golden gates, this style continues that by the way the reader opens the programs. It is quite a clever way to create a program.

Memorial Cards

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This is a smaller program the size of a quarter piece of letter size paper. It contains a left sided fold and is meant to hold minimal text and photo(s). If you want to distribute a handout but do not require room for much text, this is a good choice. They are convenient in size and measure approximately 4.25" wide x 5.5" high. They can also fit in an A4 envelope size for mailing to family and friends who were unable to attend the service. The cards can be printed on a thicker text weight paper or a card stock as in a traditional card feel. The dimensions are similar to a thank you card except the fold is on the side as opposed to the top. You can easily create these by utilizing a template which will provide you two cards per sheet of letter size paper. Cut it down the center and print less.

Gatefold Graduated Style Combination

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This is truly a unique layout but is a bit more complex than any of the other layouts presented here. Because of the complexity in assembling the completed program, it is not recommended as a template download. Our professional full service design and print can create this lovely and one-of-a-kind layout assembled and distribution ready, delivered right to your door. The outer cover is a gatefold presentation when the gate folds are open, it reveals the graduated style program with the three tabs on the right side. This gives ample room for many photos and text to create the best printed memorial that gives an unforgettable program design.

We offer all of these layouts and styles in our online superstore for immediate download and a fast and easy way to create using our ready-made Print Service or DIY templates. We have hundreds of background designs you can choose from to create and commemorate a loved one's memory.

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