It's not as much the time spent shooting the wedding, although that certainly does play a part in the high cost of wedding videos. A large portion of this expense is in the time it takes to edit videos. True, a pro can move swiftly through an edit, but it still can take dozens to hundreds of hours to edit a wedding video, especially if your professional wedding video footage includes multiple events and multiple locations.
A videographer constantly has to get the best and brightest technology including cameras and editing bays, and they have a big shopping list of items they need on hand at your wedding to fulfill their job well. Multiple batteries (and these specialty batteries are pricy!) straps, tripods, and more.
And don't forget the emotional importance of the wedding video and all footage that doesn't make it onto the highlight reel, living on the master. These are scenes you might have missed while elsewhere on your big day, and video captures your loved ones having one of the best times of their lives. In the future, when loved ones are gone, you'll have this footage to remember them by. That's priceless.
And there is also a lot of detail you miss when you're nervous on your wedding day. Video captures the look in a groom's eye when the bride first appears at the ceremony, and she might not have a vantage point to see his expression. Video gets it. Just like it gets the looks on your parents' faces when you take your vows. That's truly priceless.
Videographers too interact with guests during the wedding day, which is something to keep in mind when checking prices of experienced vs. beginning videographers. There's a big dollar value in a videographer who is mingling with your guests and capturing the greatest moments. The best pros know how to be in the right place at the right time to get that perfect shot.