The brides who change their Facebook relationship status to 'married' before the reception has even begun
16:20 GMT, 29 May 2012
It is not unusual for a bride to be excited to update her Facebook relationship status when she gets married.
But a new study has found that nearly half of newly-married women are so impatient, they are changing their status to married before the wedding reception has even begun.
The research, commissioned by David's Bridal, revealed that 49per cent of brides-to-be and newlyweds would, or did, update their Facebook relationship status immediately after the ceremony.
Facebook brides: Nearly 50per cent said they would, or did, update their relationship status to 'married' between the ceremony and the reception
Melissa Barrad, a wedding planner in San Diego, told Today that she has even seen the status update incorporated into the ceremony itself.
She said: 'It’s the 21st-century wedding announcement. Instead of sending out wedding announcements, people change their Facebook statuses.'
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who wed longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan last weekend, also announced their nuptials to the world through a status update on the social networking site.
Ms Barrad, who is Facebook friends with most of her clients, said about one-third change their marital status on the wedding night, and another third have done it by the next morning.
While including a Facebook update in the wedding might sound unromantic, the study shows how the impulse to keep our social networks updated has become an integral part of our lives.
Just married: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg also announced his nuptials to Priscilla Chan last weekend through a status update on the social networking site
Status update: The newlyweds Facebook update signifies how ingrained our social networks have become in our lives
Ms Barrad said: 'They’re so used to doing it in their daily life, it definitely makes sense for [brides] to update everyone in their world about their wedding and name change.
'A lot of times they’re changing their Facebook status and name on Facebook immediately,' she added.
Indeed, according to Ms Barrad, those who don’t digitally alert everyone that they have crossed over from Miss to Mrs, find that many will leave comments on their pages questioning the hold-up.
She said: 'People will say, “Why haven’t you changed your Facebook status yet” when it’s only been 6 hours.'