The evening features both ready-to-wear and bridal fashion, with the former coming from Hadley Emerson, Adorn Boutique, Scout and Molly’s of Chapel Hill and Smitten Boutique. The event will end with Tre Bella Bridal, Bella Bridesmaid and Bernard’s Formalwear showing off the best attire for brides-to-be.
Founded in 2007 by sisters Kate Price, Rachael Price and Rebecca Simmons, Tre Bella has grown to include two stores, Tre Bella Bridal and Tre Bella Flowers. This year’s Altar Ego is the fourth iteration of the event.
"We really wanted to create a show in the Triangle that was for everyone, not just brides, that featured amazing fashion and helped raise awareness for a good cause,” Rachael says. “We really do not bill Altar Ego as a bridal event but as a fun evening for women to get together and have a night out.”
The fashion show begins at 8:15pm, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had before then. The doors officially open at 6:30pm, and the event kicks off with a cocktail hour, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Washington Duke Inn. Participating boutiques will also be on hand to sell their merchandise during the wining and dining.
This year, Altar Ego is also hosting a special guest. Emily Giffin, the New York Times best-selling author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue, will be signing books during the cocktail hour before giving a presentation at 7:45pm.
And don’t worry, you won’t find any bridezillas here. In fact, for the second year in a row, proceeds from the event and a portion of the boutiques’ sales will benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a nonprofit focusing on character development for girls ages 8 to 12.
“We love their mission and that they are helping raise self-esteem in young girls in a positive and healthy way,” Rachael says. “We also think they are the perfect fit for the event as we are a female-owned business, the evening is about having fun with your girlfriends and with Emily Giffin, we have a great model of a successful woman who worked very hard in her life to achieve her success.”
If you’ve already started clearing your calendar for March 1, good news. We're giving away two tickets to the event. All you have to do is leave a comment by Monday, Feb. 25, with the reason you can’t wait to attend Altar Ego along with your email address.
To order tickets and for more information, click here. General admission tickets are $50.