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Survey: Brides update Facebook status before reception

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg didn't waste any time updating their Facebook profiles to share the news of their surprise weekend nuptials. But a new survey shows that the Facebook founder and his bride, Priscilla Chan, are far from alone in the speedy post-ceremony status update.

Nearly half of women polled said they did or likely would update their Facebook relationship status to "married" between the ceremony and the reception.

That's 49 percent of the 500 recently married or engaged women who participated in the Wakefield Research online survey commissioned by David's Bridal, due to be released next month.

That intermission between the ceremony and the reception is usually a key time for taking photos, or for the bride and groom to share a few private moments together with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres before heading back to their waiting guests.

"I'm always a little shocked by it," says Melissa Barrad, a wedding planner in San Diego who has seen this trend up close.

Brides and grooms are pulling out their phones during the cocktail hour or at the end of night in their honeymoon suite to change their relationship status from "single" to "married" on Facebook, Barrad says. She's even seen the updating of the status incorporated into the ceremony itself.

"It's the 21st-century wedding announcement," says Barrad, who owns I Do ... Weddings! "Instead of sending out wedding announcements, people change their Facebook statuses."

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