Orders of Service
Mickle Creative

Planning a funeral can be daunting

At what can be a very difficult time, we have prepared here a simple guide to the process of producing an order of service.

Each Order of Service is as unique as the person it is celebrating. However, Orders of Service will contain many, if not most, of the following elements:

  • Welcome music
  • Welcome and introduction by celebrant
  • Readings and Sermon
  • Eulogy and Tributes
  • Reflection time with music
  • Final message
  • Committal (prayers for religious services).
  • Exit music

Your celebrant will discuss and advise on the content of the service with you.

Once the content for the Order of Service is finalised, it is time to contact a reputable printing company, with the expertise to help with the design, typesetting, layout and production of the booklet.

Mickle Creative have been producing Orders of Service, amongst other things, for over 35 years, and our professional and sensitive team will be delighted to help you in this part of the process.

It can be beneficial to discuss your requirements in person with one of our team. It helps us to understand and appreciate exactly what your wishes are.

Our offices are in Wincheap, in Canterbury, with adequate parking for your convenience. Please feel free to email or phone us to arrange an initial meeting.

It is enormously helpful (but not essential) to have the content of the Order of Service, previously agreed with the celebrant, supplied to us as a Microsoft Word file, either by email or memory stick, along with any photographs supplied as a picture file.

If this all sounds a bit daunting, please do not worry, we are here to help. If necessary, we can do the typesetting for you, along with scanning any pictures.

If it is difficult for you to come to our offices, all this can be arranged over the phone and email. In this instance, please find below a guide to the process which you may find helpful.


How many pages?

Due to the binding process all booklets are made up of multiples of 4 pages.

To explain:
If you take a sheet of paper and fold it in half, you will have 4 pages – Page 1 being the cover, 2 & 3 the inside pages and page 4, the back cover.

Sometimes this is enough, but should more pages be required, for example if any hymns, readings or prayers are to be written out in full, or you would like multiple photographs, you will need to add more pages.

This is simply a case of folding another sheet of paper in half and inserting into the first four pages. This will give you 8 pages, or as we will refer to it ‘4 pages plus cover’.

This process can be repeated as often as necessary, but always in multiples of 4.

Generally, if the Order of Service is more than 4 pages, the cover is printed on thicker card than the inside pages.

4 Page Funeral booklet from Mickle Creative Solutions

4 Page Booklet

4 page & cover order of Service

4 Page Booklet + Cover

8 page & cover order of Service

8 Page Booklet + Cover

The Cover

The cover often has a photo, full name of the deceased, date of birth and date of death, along with the date, time and location of the service.


Images should be of high quality as possible. We can adjust, edit and clean the images if necessary, and damaged photos can be repaired digitally. However, this may incur an additional charge but we will ask for your approval first.

If you have the original photographs, we can scan up to A3 for you.

Two scans are included in the price you will be quoted. If more than two are desired, we will advise on the additional cost.

Typesetting and Layout Preparation

We will always try to provide a proof within 48 hours of receipt of your copy.

This is usually by an emailed PDF. However, if this is not convenient for you, please ask us to provide a printed proof for you if time permits. You will be able to pick this up from our office.


Costs will vary on whether you would like full colour or black and white printing, the number of pages, how many images you would like included, paper choice and quantity.

For your peace of mind we will provide you with a quote before any work is started.

VAT is not charged on funeral booklets.

Collection or Delivery

We will contact you as soon as your Orders of Service are ready, which is normally 2 – 3 working days from approval for print.

They can be collected from our premises or we can arrange delivery to local funeral directors.

We offer printing on either high quality smooth, or premium quality stock in a choice of white or cream.

If you would like to arrange a meeting, or would like further information, please contact either Katie or Andy on 01227 780001 or email sales@micklecreative.com.