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October 08, 2012|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | RedEye

If you think proposing via the Jumbotron is the ultimate wedding-related declaration of fandom, think again. 

Eva’s Bridal in Norridge takes things to the next level with a White Sox-themed wedding gown.  A recent display at the store features a mannequin that looks primed to take that walk down the aisle--except for one thing: She’s got the Sox emblem emblazoned proudly across the bodice of her gown.

Yup.

The people at Eva’s are giving you the chance to declare your love for the Sox as you solidify your commitment to your honey. Just don’t be alarmed if your walk down the aisle is met with deafening cheers (although considering how the Sox season ended, there might be some booing too).

There’s a story behind the dress. Store manager Briannah Jayde’s friend actually loaned it to her to display in the store.

“It’s for girls who want to make a statement,” Jayde said.

The dress has been getting tons of attention, according Jayde, but a lot of girls aren’t willing to shell out the cash to actually buy it. At $2,000, it’s comparable to Eva Bridal’s other gowns, but as Jayde said, “it’s for a different customer, it’s for a sports girl.”

Jayde said the dress is ideal for a girl who’s getting married on a field or to a White Sox player. 

The idea is definitely quirky, but Eva’s Bridal isn’t the only home of the Chicago sports team-themed wedding dress.

David Gaffke, owner of The Complete Wedding Expo, has proudly displayed his own gown design, an homage to da Bears, for years.

Gaffke said he came up with the idea in 1987 or 1988, and the Bears gown was created in 1995 and reintroduced years later. While the Bears gown is his most popular creation, Gaffke also created his own White Sox gown.

“They’re cool gowns that show fans’ support,” he said. 

Unfortunately, Gaffke’s version isn’t for sale. He said it is “totally a display piece.” Still, brides can come in, check out the gown and even take pictures in it. Gaffke said brides love to don the gown for a few photos and give the images to their fiancés. That’s a surefire way to the heart of a rabid sports fan.   

If you’re still really committed to the idea of getting married in sports gear but don’t love the price tag, Gaffke said you can always buy a logo patch and have it sewn on to your gown.  But here's the same advice that a guy who’s thinking about wearing blue ruffles to prom might get: 10 years from now, you may regret it. 

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