Peter Darcy didn't have cold feet, and Andrew Buchanan wasn't about to ditch him at the altar. But nerves were running high as uncertainty loomed over whether their wedding this weekend would happen at all.
That was until good news came in from Canberra on Tuesday, when the Melbourne fiances learnt they would be making history as one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Australia.
''I am beside myself,'' Mr Darcy said. ''We've been wanting to get married for 20 years … and this is fantastic.''
Mr Darcy, an IT manager, and Dr Buchanan, a GP, will exchange vows at 7pm on Saturday. About a dozen guests are flying interstate to Canberra for the wedding.
After forking out more than $5000 for flights, venue hire, a celebrant and hotel bookings, the Melbourne couple had been worried that the court case risked turning their grand plans into an expensive anticlimax. But the wedding expenses will now be an ''investment in the rest of our lives'', Mr Darcy said.
Mr Darcy and Dr Buchanan have previously avoided temptation to tie the knot abroad, because their marriage would not have been valid at home. Having faced homophobia and discrimination throughout their lives, Mr Darcy said the opportunity to marry the man he loves, and for their marriage to be recognised at home, was a big step towards equality.
Also planning to tie the knot this weekend is Ivan Hinton and Chris Teoh.
They are headed to the Rose Garden at Old Parliament House on Saturday, followed by a reception at Black Mountain Tower.
Mr Hinton, who is the deputy director of Australian Marriage Equality, has been married to Mr Teoh under Canadian law for five years.
But the couple have been part of a decade-long fight to marry in front of family and friends at home.
''I'm delighted to say I'm going to be getting married,'' he said.
''All today [Tuesday] I've been in a state of terror at the idea that my relationship and the relationships of thousands of Australians are potentially going to be decided in this process.''
Mr Hinton said couples that married in the five-day window would be fearful their marriages could be invalidated, but that was a risk they understood.
The Human Rights Law Centre's Anna Brown said it was clear the majority of Australians wanted an end to discrimination against same-sex couples, whatever the outcome of the case.
''There is clearly a will in Australia for marriage equality,'' she said. ''It's up to our politicians to ensure there is a way.'' with Heath Aston