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Facebook highlights weddings with new feature

As the social network debuts its redesigned Events page, it tops it off with another feature that displays friends' weddings and engagements alongside birthday announcements.

What Facebook's new "Weddings and Celebrations" feature looks like.

Sometimes it can be easy to miss a friend's engagement or wedding announcement on Facebook's News Feed. So the social network has decided to do something about this.

Facebook announced today a new feature called "Weddings and Celebrations." Similar to the birthday feature, the weddings and celebrations feature shows friends' status on the top right-hand side of the page once they change it to "married" or "engaged."

Here's what a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an e-mail:

Facebook has become a unique way people share and congratulate friends around exciting life events such as engagements and weddings or the arrival of a child. To make it easier to keep up with these momentous occasions and to ensure you can share in your friends' joy, we are rolling out a "Weddings and Celebrations" feature. Beginning today, special events starting with engagements and weddings will be displayed along with friends' birthdays when you log into Facebook.

The "Weddings and Celebrations" feature comes on the heels of a comprehensive redesign to the social network's Events page, which has new Calendar and List views that let users see birthdays, parties, and RSVPs several months in advance. It also comes as Facebook changed its wedding icons to include same-sex marriages, in addition to the traditional icons for heterosexual couples.

According to The Next Web, the "Weddings and Celebrations" feature is to be fully rolled out today.