Family members and friends are supposed to love and support each other unconditionally. Especially on special days like weddings. Sometimes, however, drama seems to get the better of everyone. That’s how long-lasting feuds start. Sometimes spanning a year or even longer.

Reddit user Yazdon posted an intriguing tale of two ruined weddings, which involves betrayal, plotting, conspiracies, pregnancy, and a grand dose of good humor. Sounds like the story from an A-list detective mystery novel. Only what happened is completely real, not just based on true facts. And it just goes to show that the old adage that ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ is still true to this very day.

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Yazdon was at her cousin’s wedding last summer where he got married to a woman called ‘Emma’ (that’s not her real name). However, ‘tragedy’ struck when one of the bridesmaids, named ‘Sarah’, ruined the wedding by announcing her engagement at the party, right after the ceremony. Emma didn’t rage. She didn’t scream or pounce on Sarah. She waited. She bided her time.

Luckily for Emma, Sarah named her maid of honor for her own wedding, and a series of unfortunately hilarious events were set into motion. And when Emma got pregnant, she knew she had the perfect circumstances for revenge. What did Emma do? Well, she revealed that she’s 5 months pregnant at the wedding. Emma was then thrown out, but victory was hers. Touchdown, goal, home run, and other sportsball words don’t do Emma’s vengeance justice. Now, it wasn’t a nice thing to do, but revenge is never nice, is it?

Besides getting engaged and declaring you’re pregnant, what are other faux pas at weddings? Cosmopolitan suggests that you shouldn’t wear white clothes because that’s the bride’s color, and you should watch how much you drink, so you don’t embarrass yourself. Especially if you’re giving a speech. Even though we’re living in the age of mass communication, be sure to turn your phone off, so you won’t be tempted to scroll on social media during the ceremony. Letting your friends know you’re at a wedding can wait until, well, after the wedding.

Cosmopolitan also explains that no matter what you think of marriage as an institution, you shouldn’t express any negative views about weddings during the event. Nor should you complain about the food not meeting your very strict dietary guidelines, if you forgot to include that information in your RSVP. After all, it’s somebody’s special day, and nobody wants to hear any complaints. Otherwise, some revenge might be in order.

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Reddit user Yazdon talked to Bored Panda about the two ruined weddings: “I’m not entirely certain whether Sarah is still on speaking terms with any of the bridesmaids who supported Emma’s actions. However, I do know that Emma herself cut contact with Sarah until rather recently.”

“I couldn’t have imagined Emma getting back at Sarah the way she did, so I guess anything’s possible at this point,” said Yazdon about the possibility of Sarah wanting revenge for what Emma did. “I don’t think Emma would give her any opportunity for sabotage, though. Sarah’s the one trying to be ‘friends’ with Emma again.”

“Personally I find the whole situation is incredibly petty. Had Sarah, Emma, and their friends been genuine with one another from the start and communicated their grievances as opposed to slyly ‘getting back’ at each other, none of this would’ve happened. But at the end of the day what’s done is done, and it certainly makes for a wild story. I don’t think Emma did the right thing. It was out-of-character for her to orchestrate something so malicious rather than confront the offender directly. I’ll admit her execution was very funny, though. If I were in Emma’s position I probably would have just asked Sarah to leave my wedding reception, based on the way she behaved that night.”

Yazdon also had some thoughts about revenge in general: “I don’t think forgiveness _or_ revenge is necessarily the best way to go, depending on the situation. Some actions are just plain unforgivable. This doesn’t mean that you should act in retaliation, it just means that you should hold the perpetrator accountable. The line between forgivable and unforgivable actions varies from person to person, though. Personally, I try to forgive anyone who acknowledges their wrongdoings and expresses remorse for what they have done.”

“If there’s one thing I hope readers can take away from this situation, it’s to always be authentic. Don’t let your feelings of anger and resentment build up and manifest themselves in covert badmouthing and scheming. Be real with your friends, and in turn, your friends will be real with you,” Yazdon advised.