Both Congress and BJP leaders present at the wedding sang from the same score sheet. “We are here because we have known Brahmani as a child and we are here purely to bless her,” was the standard response across party lines.

But, at a time when the entire country is reeling under a cash crunch, how did the Reddys manage a wedding of this scale? Surely it required mountains of hard cash?

“See, we outsourced everything to the event management company,” explained a family member. “It was their headache to arrange everything. The family had begun planning for the wedding six months in advance, and all payments were through cheque only.”