Grambling students discuss wedding planning during pandemic, across states

By Alexis Newman 

Local couple JoAnna Grant and Deshantey Coleman recently became engaged, but they’ve got a lot more on their plate than just wedding planning.

Grant and Coleman are current Grambling State University students who have been together since October of 2017. Grant is set to graduate this year with a master’s in social science with a concentration in psychology. Coleman, who is classified as a junior, is working on his undergraduate degree in visual and performing arts.

Despite both having to complete their studies while simultaneously planning their wedding, Grant finds that being a student doesn’t get in the way of time as much as it impacts their financial situation.

“Where it’s not super hard because we’re still students, trying to budget in a way that’s going to be affordable but also something that we both really want to have too, we’re working through that,” Grant said.

One of the main obstacles besides the budget is the location. While Coleman is from Louisiana, he also has some family in other states, and Grant is from Missouri. Due to the distance between their home states, the couple will likely have to make compromises in picking the best location, and they have a few different options that they’re considering, according to Grant.

Another consideration is the pandemic still affecting the country, but whether the restrictions will still by in place by the time of their wedding, which they hope to have next year, remains to be seen. Although venues currently regulations for guests to follow, Grant is hopeful that the situation will be improved in time for the ceremony.

“It won’t be for another year, so by that time, there’s been more advancements in vaccines and more people have taken them hopefully, and we can have a somewhat normal ceremony and reception,” Grant said.

In the meantime, rather than worry about the obstacles, Grant and Coleman already have a theme in mind and have begun picking out color schemes and general design ideas. Grant said she is excited about everything to do with the wedding planning process, and she’s looking forward to working the details out.


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