At Santa Barbara Monumental, we pride ourselves on delivering a one of a kind memorial that you will be able to look upon with fond memories. 

In this article, we are going to cover:

  1. Traditional and Custom Upright Monument Design
  2. Available Granite Colors for Markers
  3. Pricing and What to Expect
  4. Where to get an Upright Headstone engraved.

Upright Headstone Design

Large Custom Grey and Black Memorial

Traditionally, Upright Headstones are fairly recognizable, with their curved tops and striking upright features. Uprights, well, stand above most other memorials because they almost always stand… Upright. The larger the upright headstone the bigger the personality, the grander the story of an amazing life well lived. With so much area for designing that story, you can really do a lot of unique engraving or sculpting. The level of design is up to you but the Upright Headstone will definitely allow you to be very detailed. 

That is where what is engraved on your loved ones upright really comes into place. You could range from the most traditional to the most intricate of carved or laser inscribed memorial. Our only job is to help you tell their story. 

For Custom Headstones, plan on making the most of your loved ones memorial. Custom headstones can be as big of a dream as they were a dreamer. The sky is literally the limit. 

Here are a couple design ideas and questions that might help you get their memorial design rolling. 

Did they have a bold personality?

Maybe a BOLD FONT may do the trick.

Did they have a central hobby that they truly loved?

Maybe a full scale laser etching of their favorite golf course with the words “I’d Always Rather Be There” under it would suit the avid golfer. 

Or their favorite bird adorning the upper corner.

Even their favorite flower shape carved into the stone, providing the true depth and beauty that defined them. 

Where they religious?

Beautiful words from wise scripture maybe more their style. 



Available Granite Colors Best Suited For Flat Grass Markers.

Sedona Pink Granite Color
Sedona Pink
Rainbow Granite Color
Blue Pearl Granite Color
Blue Pearl
Morning Rose Granite Color
Morning Rose
white marble
White Marble
Salisbury Pink
Salisbury Pink
Gray Granite Color
Black Granite Color
Sentinel Red Granite
Sentinel Red
Regal Black Granite Color
Regal Black
Carnelian Granite Color
Bahama Blue Granite Color
Bahama Blue

Selecting the right color takes time. All of the colors of granite are literally mined and sourced from all over the world. Thus each stone is ever so slightly different.

The sample photos are very good representation of the granite we source daily but in some cases, it is likely that you may see some variation in the color across the stone. (See the Rainbow or Bahama Blue Granite Examples) Where some patterns are more uniform. (See the Blue Pearl or Gray Granite Examples). 

All colors considered, its best to reach out and speak with one of our expert flat memorial designers for more details of weekly stock. 

Pricing and What You Can Expect When It Comes To Purchasing An Upright Headstone

When it comes time to design your loved ones Upright Headstone, it is always wise to take your budget into account. In the Santa Barbara and Surrounding Area, you can expect to range anywhere from $2000 – $15000+ depending on color, and amount of design work. Requesting a proposal from our expert upright memorial designers will get you the quickest quote possible. Our artisan memorialist have crafted many stories into stone and cannot wait to begin engraving your loved ones story. 

Where to go to get an Upright Memorial engraved?

Now that you have reviewed your color options design ideas and even the price range of your loved ones upright Headstone, it’s time to set an appointment with our Artisan Memorialist Jed. Him and His Santa Barbara Monumental Team will engrave you’re loved ones story and make that engraving last for generations to come. 

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