From popular classics like Etta James's "At Last" to more contemporary picks like a mash-up of Beyoncé and Van Morrison or Calvin Harris's techno hits, these creative couples know how to start their reception off right.

Without a doubt it's one of the most intimate, joyous moments of your wedding day, and the first opportunity you both have to savor your newly-minted status as husband and wife.

For some couples, selecting a meaningful, expressive first dance song is the easiest part of their wedding-planning process.

Your first dance as a married couple is a uniquely intimate moment during an otherwise public day.

While your friends and family will watch you and your new spouse sway softly (or show off smooth choreographed moves), the two of you will be the only ones on the dance floor.

11 — Springhill Main Street Mardi Gras Parade (1 p.m.) Begins at South Main Mall, north of The City Park, and returns down 1st St. in Shreveport Tickets: $75; Black tie optional; Dark attire requested Facts Events Jan. to p.m.) Eldorado Casino Grande Ballroom; Tickets: $60 Feb. 19 — Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade (1 to 4 p.m.) The former Reeves Marine building, across the street from the Century Link Center, Reeves Marine Drive in Bossier City; Food trucks, vendors and costume contest Admission is a $1 donation to help local animal rescues, feral cat and emergency assistance programs. 7 — 12th Night Celebration (Doors open p.m.) Bossier City Civic Center, 620 Benton Road in Bossier City Tickets: $40; Bottomless drink cup $10; Music by Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs; Dress is “Denim & Diamonds” Feb. Tableaux begins 8 p.m.) Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St.

21 — Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal IX “Cirque du Atlas Macabre” (Doors open p.m.) Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St.

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Sara and Zahir didn't want anything to slow down their wedding reception in Montauk, New York — not even a slow song for the bride and groom's first dance.