Skip to main content
Weddings

Friendly Crossways

Harvard, MA View map
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
81 reviews
$15k - $22k For 100 Guests
Up to 120 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$15k - $22k For 100 Guests
Up to 120 guests

Friendly Crossways is a rustic chic wedding getaway located near the quiet town of Harvard, Massachusetts, only 30 miles from Boston. Relax by their magical fire circle, secure in the happy knowledge that you and your spouse have successfully carried out a special weekend celebration full of memories to last a lifetime. Pricing includes lodging for 25 guests, spacious getting-ready suite, outdoor ceremony, and full use of the property for the weekend (host all pre/post events with us for no additional cost). Bring your community of intermingled friends and families who will enjoy your unique wedding vision throughout the weekend!

Please note: We are FULLY BOOKED for the 2022 wedding season (mid-May through October). Please check back in July for 2023 bookings.

Facilities and Capacity

You can choose from among Friendly Crossways’ many romantic outdoor wedding ceremony sites. Intimate receptions (up to 25 guests) can be held outdoors or indoors. Large parties, up to 120 guests, require a tent which you can customize from a wide array of tents, sides, tables, chairs, lighting and dance floors. On-site lodging for 25 people for both nights are included in the wedding package, and another 25 people can be accommodated if desired. Maximum indoor and outdoor numbers are, of course, subject to Massachusetts and CDC guidelines in place at the time of the event.

Services Offered
With a photogenic getting-ready suite, lodging in cozy rooms with handmade quilts, ability to hold your rehearsal dinner on-site and an attentive planning staff, Friendly Crossways is as one-of-a-kind as their perennial gardens, expansive lawns, “cathedral in the pines” wedding glade, and renovated New England post and beam barn. Offering many services for couples and guests is a testament to their country-style hospitality. Services include:

  • Lodging on-site
  • Fire circle
  • Parking attendant
  • In-house bar
  • Outside vendors (restrictions & fees apply)
  • In-house catering of your custom designed menu
  • Wireless internet
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • On-site staff 24/7
  • Tent available for additional cost


Cuisine
Relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere as Friendly Crossways, or one of its preferred catering partners, takes care of your delicious, beautifully presented meal. Do think about ordering fruit pies (with organic fruit from their farm ) from chef-owner Mary Helan ! They offer the following serving styles:

  • Buffet
  • Dessert
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Cocktail reception
  • Family style
  • Stations
  • Outside cake
  • Server(s)

Our venue rental packages start at $1,000 for elopements and range up to $6,350 for Full Wedding Weekends. A typical venue rental is $6,350 with additional costs for catering, tent, beverages, and bar services. Please note: We are FULLY BOOKED for the 2022 wedding season (mid-May through October). Please check back in July for 2023 bookings.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6,197

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Parking

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

120

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Barn
Farm/Ranch
Garden
Inn/B&B

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

81 Reviews

Write a review
Rated
4.9
out of 5.0
Recommended by 98% of couples
  • Quality of service
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Average response time
    Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Professionalism
    Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Value
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.9 out of 5

50 User photos

  • Ali
    Ali S. Married on 10/10/2021
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Perfect All In One Venue

    We had our wedding here this past weekend (Oct 2021). We had 30 people and was everything we could have asked for. The micro wedding package fit our needs perfectly. The ceremony space is gorgeous, with so many beautiful spots for pictures. Dinner under the tent was delicious, Mary Helan the chef-owner made an incredible meal, much of it sourced from her garden and orchard. We loved Friendly Crossways especially for the retreat center which enabled us to host all of our guests who chose to spend the night with us, we moved to the fire pit after our reception and got to put off clean up until the morning. We got to be present with our guests and we had an absolutely perfect night. I can’t thank Mary Helan and her team enough. They were very responsive via email and answered all my questions, making suggestions and offering insight that helped us plan our day. I would recommend Friendly Crossways to anyone, planning big or small.

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Ali. Your and your beloved's celebration was a very special event on which to end our wedding season. Thank you for your kind words which I will pass on to our staff. We are honored to have been there for you.
  • A
    Ari S. Married on 09/26/2021
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Thank you!

    Thank you for making our day so special !
  • M
    Margaret B. Married on 08/28/2021
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Amazing venue, such wonderful staff and so easy to work with!

    We had our wedding at Friendly Crossways, about 30 guests. Friendly Crossways provided both the venue space and the catering, both were super huge parts in making our wedding day so perfect.

    Mary Helan was a breeze to work with, super quick to respond, so helpful and friendly. We had friends and family stay with us both before and after the wedding which was so special to have all at the venue location. THE FOOD!!! The cooks use fresh food from the garden right there, it was so soooo good and does not get any fresher than that!

    Everything was so seamless on our day, Mary Helan helped us with so many steps to make it all go so well. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to have a stunning outdoor venue with great food and people around you!

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you! We are happy to have to helped you realize your wedding vision which was equal parts intimacy, forest vibe, and serenity and all-around delightful!

Awards

  • 81
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Leanne & Samuel
    15 photos · 09/02/2017

Pricing

Team

Mary Helan Vesenka Turner
Mary Helan Vesenka Turner
Chef-Owner

Mary Helan Vesenka, who grew up at Friendly Crossways, and her husband Keith Turner, left Hawaii in 1996 with their three children to take over this central Massachusetts retreat center upon the retirement of Mary Helan’s parents.


Mary Helan and her husband have cheerfully hosted weddings of all sizes and styles on their property since 2008. A trained and experienced executive chef herself, she has personally vetted the catering chefs who serve couples at Friendly Crossways and takes pride in the breadth of cuisines and mindful service they offer to couples.


Mary Helan and her team value equality and inclusiveness and believe community is at the heart of their work.

You can often find her in her organic gardens or blueberry orchard, enjoying the flowers and fruits of her labor.

Pronouns: She/Her

Leanne  Gilardi
Leanne Gilardi
Assistant to the Owner

Leanne was a Friendly Crossways bride herself and brings a unique approach to couples considering the venue for their special celebration.

She has multiple years experience with event coordination, specifically for weddings and large conferences. Leanne is especially suited to helping couples shape the venue's amenities and special offerings to match their vision.

When Leanne is not planning with couples or showing off the Friendly Crossways property, she's usually outside with her son and their two dogs or enjoying some wine on her porch.

Pronouns: She/Her

Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements
Juliana's Catering Juliana's Catering Wedding Caterers

Friendly Crossways is a unique and amazing place to hold an outdoor wedding in your choice of seasons: spring, summer or fall in New England. This venue is situated on a beautiful farm in Harvard, MA and many of the ingredients used in your meal come straight from their gardens. And couples and their families have exclusive use of the entire venue for a wedding weekend and can sleep up to 35 guests for 2 nights as part of the venue fee. The owners, Mary Helen and Keith, are warm and endearing and go out of their way to make sure your wedding weekend is amazing!

DJ Photo Booths DJ Photo Booths Photo Booths

The staff are very professional. The venue is beautiful. They will make sure you have the best day of your life. DJ Photo Booths highly recommends Events at Friendly Crossways. www.facebook.com/djphotobooths

David William Ross David William Ross Wedding Musicians

Friendly Crossways is truly a beautiful site for a wedding. Right down to the corn field and foliage, you get a real sense of New England at it's best! Mary Helan and Keith are accommodating, easy to work with, and very quick to respond to your questions and needs. I love to play here and look forward to many more!

Preferred Vendors

Map

247 Littleton County Road Harvard, MA, 01451
9784569386

10 am - 10 pm
Location of (Friendly Crossways)

Friendly Crossways frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Friendly Crossways?

Friendly Crossways includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking

At Friendly Crossways, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Friendly Crossways includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

At Friendly Crossways, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Friendly Crossways includes:
  • Bartender(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Friendly Crossways in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Friendly Crossways for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Inn/B&B

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Friendly Crossways for wedding events?

Friendly Crossways offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Friendly Crossways offer?

Friendly Crossways offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Friendly Crossways offer for wedding events?

Friendly Crossways offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Friendly Crossways have available for wedding events?

Friendly Crossways offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Friendly Crossways and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Friendly Crossways is recommended by 82% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in professionalism.

Other vendors in Boston for your wedding

Wedding Venues