In our last article we looked at some of the common things to think about when booking a sound system for a wedding. In this article we will further the discussion and look at more of the technical terms and questions you may be faced with.
PAT or portable appliance testing is a test that determines if an electrical item is safe to use. Hotels and wedding venues often ask for the DJ or sound hire company to provide a PAT to prove their items have been tested recently. Most sound hire companies will have a PAT certificate they can give you or the venue upon request.
Similarly to the PAT certificate most venues will request proof of public liability from anyone working at the venue. Again most companies will have a copy handy to forward to the venue.
Most hotels and venues have an adequate power supply for the rooms they provide. Some sound companies will ask you what power supply the hotel has. This is a question you should forward to the venue manager. What the sound company is asking is what plug sockets the hotel has. For smaller rooms most hotels may just have 13 amp house hold sockets. These are the normal sockets you find in your home. For bigger venues they may have a 16amp c-form socket, 32amp c-form socket or anything up to 125 amp 3 phase power. Basically the more ‘amps’ the venue can provide the larger the system can be. For the most part a sound system providing sound for 150 people will have sufficient power from a 16 amp socket.
Marquee Power Supplies
If your holding your wedding in a marquee, power is usually supplied from a generator. The generator is normally provided by the marquee hire company but its best the check. A sound hire company usually needs to know the sockets the generator will be providing (Similar to the sockets in the power source section) but they may also want to know how big the generator is in ‘Kva’. This is a measurement of power and the bigger the sound and lighting system is the more you need!
Look out for more information on wedding sound and lighting hire for marquees in a later post.