Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick wrote their wedding vows yesterday, brimming with"nervous excitement" about their big day.
The Dunedin men will marry tomorrow, but their move has horrified gay groups.
The pair are heterosexual best mates.
Mr McCormick said from Auckland yesterday opposition to the wedding was understandable but the pair never intended to offend anyone.
"We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path." Mr McIntosh said the wedding was not mocking the institution of marriage.
"It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup."
"We picked up our wedding certificate and the nerves are starting to really hit home."
They will marry in front of 60 family and friends at Eden Park, Auckland.
Mr McIntosh said most guests would travel from Dunedin and Central Otago, paying their own way.
A celebrant would make the union legally binding and Crowd Goes Wild television presenter James McOnie would be MC.
The pair said their wedding vows would touch on their friendship and recall their time playing rugby together at King's High School in Dunedin.
They were undecided if they would take hyphenated surnames and who would walk down the aisle.
The couple's wedding song is Cruisin', by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mr McIntosh said he thought the marriage would last at least two years.
This coming our way via Mark Shea who adds:
Gay rights groups are aghast–aghast I say!–that these young whippersnappers are degrading the Sacred Institution of Marriage by making it be All About Them and not all about forcing everybody to pretend that a homosexual union is a marriage!
So hilarious when yesterday’s revolutionaries become today’s old fogeys. Why, when *they* were lads (last year) nobody would have *dreamed* of taking the obvious next step from redefining marriage to mean gay unions to redefining marriage to mean any possible permutation of relationship between two or more organisms. Who could possibly have seen *that* coming?
Just another scene from the culture where Consent is the Sole Criterion of the Good.
The gay folks who have a problem with this... are they... intolerant? Close-minded? Hateful? Are they against diversity? Are they heterophobes? Are they out of touch?
Color me curious.