How Much Does an Urn Cost?
Urns are often used to memorialize a loved one who has passed away. An urn will store the ashes and serve as an everlasting tribute to honor the memory of the loved one.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the type of urn, size and where it’s purchased, the prices can range from $50 to as much as $500. Basic cremation urns will tend to be the cheapest while urns made from marble can cost $400 or more. There are also urns that can be customized.
- The Urn Store in LaPorte, Indiana, offers the following options:
- Acclaim Burial Urn Vault – $89.95
- Regal Cylinder Burial Urn – $219.95
- The Millennium Urn Store – $229.95
- The Superior Urn Vault – $129.95
- The Ultimate Urn Vault – $139.95
- Tribute Square Burial Urn – $309.95
- Universal Burial Vault – $329.95
- MainelyUrns.com offers a cremation urn size calculator that helps determine the size needed. The size of the person will determine the size of the urn.
|Type of Urn||Price Range|
|Brass||$90 to $200|
|Wooden||$100 to $250|
|Marble||$150 to $300|
|Military||$200 to $300|
|Double Marble||$200 to $300|
What is going to be included?
- Urns come in a range of sizes. The general rule followed is 1 cubic inch of space per 1 pound of body weight.
- Urns can come in just about any size, design, or theme. Designs can resemble angels, hearts, military seals, and other commonly known figures. Basically, whatever is needed can be accomplished with most companies.
- Common types will include ceramic, marble, bronze and wood.
- Most urns are sent to the owner semi-permanently sealed using screws that secure the base or access panel. The urns can also be permanently sealed by using a regular epoxy.
What are the extra costs?
- Engraving and nameplate services can be availed and will cost about $20, depending on the number of lines and the provider.
- Shipping costs for rush orders can cost about $35 to $60.
- Other options can include cremation jewelry such as a locket or pendant.
Factors that influence the price:
- Size. Urns are made in various sizes, from small keepsake ones to double urns. Small keepsake urns that measure 3 inches tall and hold around 3 cubic inches of ashes cost $19. Double urns that stand 8 1/2 inches, 9 1/2 inches wide, and with a length of 11 1/2 and with a capacity of 420 cubic inches cost $859.95.
- Personalization. Customization can be done with most companies. For example, laser engraving can cost more than a standard urn with a basic design. Some can offer photo engraving for about $160 to $230 each.
- Material. Urns come in different materials including wood, marble, brass, crystal, glass, metal, stone, ceramic and biodegradable materials. Among the metal urns, those made from bronze are among the most expensive due to weight and quality. Biodegradable urns can be costly, too, with some units being sold for as much as $750.
Tips to know:
- Before choosing an urn size, know the approximate body weight of the individual that is being cremated. According to MainelyUrns.com, 1 lb. of body weight will typically produce ash weighing less than one cubic inch. This can be used as a general reference when selecting an urn. Descriptions for cremation urns usually include the size of the urn in cubic inches.
- Some urn makers have a money-back refund or exchange policy for all unused urns, especially if the size of the urn shipped to the customer is incorrect.
- Choose an urn dealer that offers a guarantee. There are instances when the purchase is not satisfactory and has not met the client specifications. Customers should have the option to return the item or have it replaced at no additional unnecessary cost.
How can I save money?
- Look for suppliers that offer closeout cremation urns. Items will usually include not just standard urns but also double urns.
- There are temporary vessels in which you can store the ashes until the urn you ordered is delivered. Otherwise, you will have to pay for rush delivery.
- Although there are urns large enough to store all the ashes, some people choose to purchase a smaller size and simply store some of the ashes.
- Find urn wholesalers on the internet. They typically supply urns at prices significantly lower than in regular online urn retailers.
- Check out online coupons offering discounts on certain services. Some urn suppliers offer reduced prices on items with personalization.
- Find urn dealers offering free shipping and requires no minimum urn order.
- Try to avoid the funeral home since they tend to be the most out of most companies.