As a professional DJ with over 20 years experience I thought it might be helpful if I offered a few tips to help you get the right DJ for your wedding.
This is the third in my series of bite sized tips.
How do you know whether the DJ your are thinking about booking is running a professional and legitimate business.
Well there are three main things you could ask about and seek evidence that they operate their business legally and safely.
1. Does the DJ hold Public Liability Insurance?
Public liability insurance cover a business if a customer or member of the public suffers a loss or injury as a result of its business activities. Even when a business does everything right there is always the chance of an accident happening e.g. a speaker falling over. With the right insurance cover, you know that should the worst happen, your guests property could be repaired, their possessions replaced and their medical costs paid for.
In the absence of the right insurance you could be held liable as the event host or organiser.
Some venues will insist on sight of the DJ's Public Liability Insurance before they allow the DJ to work in the venue. Imagine booking a DJ without Public Liability Insurance and the venue refusing to allow then to perform.
2. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
To be safe, it is recommended that DJ's should have all items of electrical equipment e.g. their lighting, speakers and DJ decks tested regularly.
The absence of a valid PAT certificate potentially puts the health and safety of your guests at risk. Additionally a venue has every right to cancel a performance if the equipment is not deemed safe.
3. Registered with HMRC for tax purposes
All businesses even if they are sole traders are legally required to register their business with the HMRC.