Should You Do a Cleanse Before Your Wedding?

The Hitch List Talks with Rebecca Greeley, Owner of The Ripe Stuff  

Rebecca Greeley and her husband, post-cleanse. Photo by Zofia & Co.

Rebecca Greeley and her husband, post-cleanse. Photo by Zofia & Co.

There are a few reasons why you might be thinking of doing a pre-wedding cleanse: you’re trying to boost your energy, detox from your bachelor or bachelorette party, feel great before a fitting, lose a few pounds before the wedding day, or get glowing skin.

With juices like Mojito Cocktail Cleanse, Sangria and Immunity Booster, (all made from things like kale, beets, agave and tumeric), I feel healthier just looking at The Ripe Stuff’s rainbow of bottles.

The Ripe Stuff, photo by Mike Diskin

The Ripe Stuff, photo by Mike Diskin

Founder Rebecca Greeley, who is also a newlywed, runs a deliver-only service, meaning her fresh pressed juices are made locally and dropped directly at your doorstep, or even office desk. Here’s her guide to juicing with gusto. Sign me up.

Q: Should you juice before your wedding? How close to or how far away from the date?

A: It’s a great idea, but you do want to choose your dates carefully. You want to cleanse at least 4-5 days before you start drinking copious amounts of champagne! My husband and I did a three-day cleanse 3 weeks before our wedding, which allowed us to go into our wedding day feeling our best and helped us make better choices during all of the parties leading up to the wedding. If you’re trying to lose weight, think about a cleanse anywhere from 3-9 months in advance. We’ve had couples kick off their wedding health regime with a three-day cleanse, and then go on to lose 20-30 pounds each before their wedding! 

Q: Do you think it’s a good idea for couples to cleanse together? 

A: Definitely! Cleanses really are much easier to do when you have a partner, mostly because your significant other isn’t tempting you with whatever he/she is eating. Not to mention the friendly competition ;)

Q: What results can we expect from a cleanse?

A: My favorite side effect of juice cleansing is that it helps you get rid of nagging cravings, like if you are stuck on that “dessert-every-night” habit, a juice cleanse will really help. You can also expect glowing skin, a flatter stomach, and increased energy as cleanses flush out toxins that clog skin, bloat the stomach and zap energy.

Q:  Juice cleanses can be intimidating, are there any ways to overcome that?

A: You don’t have to start with a cleanse, you could start with a juice every morning. The Ripe Stuff offers an a la carte menu. Our cleanses are also very manageable, just one to three-days in length. On top of this, we designed several programs with our Registered Dietitian, Abby Hueber, specifically to make cleanses more approachable for those who have never done one before, who want to be able to keep up with their normal routine while cleansing, or who simply want help maintaining their results. Abby often incorporates mini cleanses into a healthy eating plan throughout a 3-6 month period to get you feeling your best.

Q: What’s your juicing strategy?

A: I personally like the three-day juice cleanse best, and I don’t think it’s ever necessary to do one for longer than three days.  I also like to do a simple one-day cleanse when I find myself getting into bad eating habits (specifically around wedding season or holidays). Just 24 hours gets me right back on track.

Q: Any other tips?

A: If you’re cleansing it’s important to go easy on yourself. Many people assume that they’ve failed at the juice cleanse if they reach for a snack, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! We suggest many snack ideas when we deliver your cleanse to you.  Reaching for half an avocado may be the key to helping you succeed! Depending on where you are with your nutrition, each cleanse can be a totally different experience.  This can be a little frustrating if you are cleansing with a partner and one person is having the easiest time and the other is struggling.  When that happens, it is very important to listen to your own body and not think, “Well, they are fine, so I should be too!” At times like this, it’s good to take stock; see if you need to have a healthy, solid snack, to drink more fluids, or to cut back on exercise. 

Q: Any success stories from brides and grooms?

A: One bride ordered a la carte Ripe Stuff juices for her bridesmaids to have while getting ready for the wedding! This was a genius, healthy snack to keep everyone energized before a long day. One groom kicked off his wedding diet with a three-day cleanse a few months before his wedding, and was down 25 pounds by his wedding day.

Q: What’s your favorite Ripe Stuff flavor of the moment? 

A: The Immunity Booster is my favorite. It's made with Pineapple, Orange, Lemon & Tumeric juice with a kick of cayenne!

The Ripe Stuff cleanses range from $60-$170. Registered Dietitian packages with Abby Hueber range from $45-500. Learn more at


Are you thinking of a juice cleanse? What’s your wedding health regimen? Share with us in the comments area below.

Posted on June 5, 2015 .