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Weddings and Civil partnerships

Advice For Booking A DJ

 

Planning your Wedding can take anything from several months to two years from the Engagement announcement to the Wedding day.

choosing the right entertainment should also not be rushed or compromised.

Booking a professional DJ service for your Wedding can be just as much a headache as booking the right venue or planning the menu for the wedding breakfast.

People don't book DJs everyday how can you tell what you will be getting for your special day, word of mouth is a great way to hear about the DJs reputation, customer feedback is another option, but by talking to the dj you will also get a feel of how they will help make your special day memorable.

Here are some of the essential pointers to look for in booking professional DJ entertainment to help your special occasion run as smoothly and as memorable as possible.

PLI

Most function hire room venues require an entertainer to hold Public Liability Insurance cover.

This indemnifies the venue in the event of an accident claim on the premises should it involve the disco equipment.

Effectively, there needs to be a paper-trail in the event of an accident PLI can be anything from 1m to 5m+.

PAT

The venue may ask the entertainer to present a Portable Appliance Test certificate too. The P.A.T. 'certificate' states that the electronic disco equipment used by the Mobile DJ is electrically safe.

So before the DJ ventures on to the venue premises, it is important that he or she holds these requirements and can present or forward copies of as requested.

Where possible, it is advisable to meet your DJ entertainer to discuss the requirements of the day.

When testimonials are available to read or references are offered, please take the time to read and verify that the entertainer mentioned is the actual entertainer in discussion!

Some DJ services actually offer incentives to those wishing to complete bookings and payments in advance of function dates such as this years price for next years wedding which can be a considerable saving.

A reservation fee (booking fee) secures the services of your DJ, usually in sums of either 15-25% of the whole fee.

Your entertainer should also provide a written confirmation of the booking, either in letter or client contract.

Apart from the pricing details, it should state the nature (type) of function, the date, the times required and contact details for the client and the venue.

The letter or contract may also include entertainer hire terms,

Confirm your booking within the requested time-frame to guarantee confirmation.

Always read the Terms and Conditions of the entertainers hire contract and question anything you do not understand; read all terms and conditions of hire before committing to any agreement.

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