Wording Ideas for Plaques and Engraving

What wording is best on a time capsule plaque? What wording do you use for engraving a time capsule?

Comparing Plaques & EngravingHamilton Plaque Gray

The answer varies because it is up to you to provide that all important message to the future. Below, we have some examples. You can put the same wording on both the engraved lid of your time capsule and the plaque that marks the spot. On the other hand, you could make a unique message on your engraved time capsule that does not need to go on the plaque that marks the spot. Some people use plaques as a marker for the time capsule, while others do not opt for burial yet want a special message on the time capsule to show people a little bit about it before it is opened many years hence.

Both plaques and engraving can accommodate logos, but the artwork needs to be in vector format. Plaques, because they involve pouring of metal into molds, or metal forming, has strict requirements for letter size and spacing in between lines and letters. See the information pamphlets here. All capital lettering takes up less space than lettering that includes both capital and lower case lettering, oddly enough. It is the size of letters overall that is important. Letter height must be at least 1/4 inch if all capital letters and at least 3/8 inch for cap & lower case. As for size, your wording just needs to fit on the plaque size you choose. Sometimes we can use condensed lettering to make your wording fit - but not always!

Examples of Text for Both Plaques & Engraving

SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TIME CAPSULE
Sealed on May 24, 2016
Commemorating our 10th Anniversary
To be opened on our 50th Anniversary
May 2056
(LOGO)
Pekin Insurance Time Capsule
Dedicated to our customers, agents, employees,
& community
Commemorating our 50th anniversary
Dedicated 2015
We invite citizens of the future to recover this
capsule during the year 2065
.


TIME CAPSULE
CITY OF OAK CREEK
Celebrating 50 Years
Drexel Town Square
Dedicated August 25, 2015
To Be Opened August 25, 2065
TIME CAPSULE
WASHTENAW COUNTY
SHERIFF'S OFFICE
DEDICATED BY THE SHERIFF
JERRY L. CLAYTON
- ON OCTOBER 3, 2015 -
THIS CAPSULE IS PLANNED TO BE
OPENED IN 2030 BY FUTURE
GENERATIONS.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH OF DUNEDIN
TIME CAPSULE TO HONOR THE
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR
FOUNDING
DEDICATED OCTOBER 10, 2015
OPEN IN THE YEAR 2065
Laird Center for Medical Research
Time Capsule
Placed here on October 10, 2008
In celebration of the dedication of the
Laird Center for Medical Research
To be opened on the 50th anniversary
of this occasion
October 10, 2058

SMITH FAMILY
TIME CAPSULE
PLACED OCTOBER 2018
OPEN IN 2068!

CITY OF SAN DIMAS
CENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE
DEDICATED FEBRUARY 2050
PLEASE OPEN IN 2150

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE
TIME CAPSULE DEDICATION
HONORING 50 YEARS' SERVICE
OPEN IN 2069

LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY
CHARTER SCHOOL
Est. January 6, 2006
(LOGO)
We Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, &
Embrace the Future.
Time Capsule To Be Opened:
October 2040
Sheriff Zach Scott
Franklin County Sheriffs Office
Training Academy
Time Capsule
Pride - Service - Sacrifice - Honor
Serving Our Community
Dedicated 2015
To be reopened in 2065
Behind this plaque is a
time capsule sealed by the
members and friends of
Mt. Zion on July 29, 2014 on
the occasion of the
Centennial Celebration of
the dedication of the
sanctuary in 1914 --- to be
opened 50 years hence.


Austin Public
Library (logo)
TIME CAPSULE
Commemorating
THE CENTRAL LIBRARY
710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
GRAND OPENING NOVEMBER 2016
TO BE OPENED NOVEMBER 2116


Patrons of the Prado
TIME CAPSULE
Celebrating the
Balboa Park Centennial
July 19, 2015
To Be Opened July 2115

THE TIME CAPSULE WITHIN
COMMEMORATES THE OPENING OF
TIFFANY & CO.
37 WALL STREET
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 10, 2007

Walnut Creek (logo) 100
1914-2014
Centennial Time Capsule
Sealed October 21, 2014
To be opened October 2064
TIME CAPSULE
CITY OF GREENDALE, MISSOURI
INCORPORATED MAY 1950
CAPSULE PLACED JUNE 2015
OPEN CAPSULE JUNE 2035
TIME CAPSULE
SEALED ON JULY 9, 2009
TO BE OPENED IN 2075
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE'S
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY



Words to Consider for Your Message


Sometimes, once we place your message on the plaque or engraved proof, you see it differently and want to re-word it or add an opening date (or the phrase TIME CAPSULE - which is commonly forgotten).

That is fine, we can re-do the proof for you in most cases. Once we do get your final approval, however, we submit to the foundry and in that case, we can no longer make changes for you.

Most plaques that are made for time capsules will have a message that:
  1. This is a time capsule - so do include the phrase TIME CAPSULE
  2. Who is placing the time capsule and/or plaque - include your company name or names (one or two lines)
  3. The date of placement - when you place the time capsule or when you dedicate the building (month and year or even a season and a year are common)
  4. The date you want the time capsule to be opened (we recommend you not be specific - year or month and year are sufficient in many cases)
  5. Sometimes there is a line that is a tagline or small message that is important to your group or company
  6. Sometimes there is a logo
  7. Sometimes there is a quote that is important and an author attributed
The first 4 items are the most important. Of course you will need to allow for more space on your plaque if you want more text or formatted lines or a logo or line drawing.Laser Engraving on a Time Capsule Lid

What you may not have space for on a plaque is often easily done on an engraved time capsule lid. The reason? The plaque is forming of the metal while the engraving is a special long lasting marking onto the metal. You can fit more information onto an engraved lid. The process is more like printing than forming of the metal.

We now offer stainless steel etched plaques, which can be placed outdoors and are long lasting.

But most memorial plaques are made of formed metal, either Bronze or Aluminum.

Currently, we offer different categories on our site based on size of plaque and metal. Choose from Aluminum or Bronze in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large Plaques.

To see more images of plaques, please see our Plaques GALLERY.

We suggest most customers start with an 8x10" (portrait) size (or 10x8" in landscape orientation). This is the standard size we use for our easy time capsule packages. The next most common size is 12x12" bronze or 12x12" aluminum. Aluminum may be the most popular metal for plaques, because it is less expensive than bronze. Many people prefer the look and history of bronze, however. Both metals have a lifetime guarantee unless they are walked on regularly.

When considering an Engraved Time Capsule, it is easy to fit most any message on the surface.
To see more examples of Laser Engraving please see our Engraving GALLERY.




TOP