Friendly Crossways

247 Littleton County Road, Harvard, MA 01451 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Friendly Crossways

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!

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.

  • Woman-owned
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73 Reviews for Friendly Crossways

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Kali D. · Married on 10/07/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great experience

    Our daughter had plans to get married this past July, during a visit to Italy, but had to change plans due to the pandemic. She chose Friendly Crossways and we could not have been happier with the experience. The staff was amazing; even with the strict social distancing and mask requirement, they went out of their way to accommodate every guest’s needs without compromising safety. From providing vegan meal options to making sure every room was cool during a heat spell, we felt well cared for. We also felt we got to know Mary Helan, Keith and the staff quite a bit since their friendly demeanor made it easy to chat with them. It felt like they were part of the family. But the piece de resistance was the food. Wow, from the first evening’s rehearsal dinner to the breakfasts and the big wedding meal, we were wowed by the creativity and flavor of the various dishes. With ingredients grown either on their farm or locally, it was a showcase of how farm-to-table is to be employed. Mary Helan even went our of her way when a guest asked for an eggplant dish she had never prepared before: she found a recipe that she then adapted to her ingredients and the results were outstanding. Overall we highly recommend Friendly Crossways, between the location, the staff and the cuisine, they made the experience unforgettable.

    Sent on 10/17/2020

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely and gracious review. Thank you so much for your kindness. A & R's intimate wedding weekend was one of the few highlights of this horrible pandemic for us. We so appreciated the joy, love and mindfulness that was expressed by the couple and their families during this particularly awful time.
    I think it's time to make that eggplant parm again! :-)
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    Brittany M. · Married on 10/03/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Our October Wedding

    We were so grateful to get this venue for our wedding. Our previous venue could not accommodate our wedding due to COVID. We had to change our plans but, in the end it all worked out. The grounds are gorgeous and it’s nice you are able to have the venue for the whole weekend. The guests that we could have there felt very safe while outside at our wedding. Our wedding day was beautiful and perfect- we were super pleased.

    Sent on 10/29/2020

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Brittany. Your wedding celebration was full of beauty, laughter, love and joy, which is what we hope to help our couples achieve no matter what their guest size is.

Awards

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Friendly Crossways Pricing

Friendly Crossways Price Rates

Friendly Crossways FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 6197
  • 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

1 Real Wedding

3 Wedding Deals & Discounts

  • Friendly Crossways 1
    SPECIAL: Extended Weekend Celebration

    EXCLUSIVE Special Available Friday and Saturday nights in 2021.
    Two-day, one-night events for 2–120 of your closest family and friends.
    Final numbers subject to Massachusetts and local COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place for gatherings at the time of the event.

    • Events run 2 days, 1 night (4pm–noon), limited availability
    • Exclusive use of the renovated barn, carriage house, and getting ready suite, plus 25 acres of grounds and gardens
    • Outdoor ceremony site of choice, with a reception held outdoors under a tent (tent rental costs not included in venue rate)
    • Reception catering (not included in rental rate) provided in-house or by preferred caterer, featuring organic fruits and vegetables from the farm at Friendly Crossways
    • Alcohol (bar costs not included in rental rate) BYO or via licensed caterer. Beer, still wine and sparkling wine and hard ciders/seltzers (5% ABV) are permitted.
    • Bartending services are provided in-house (not included in rental rate)
    • On-site parking
    • Afterparty at the fire circle
    • After-afterparty space indoors
    • Farewell brunch (in-house with additional cost, self-cater, or bring in outside food)
    • On-site lodging for up to 25 people


    Friday & Saturday Nights May 15-June 6, 2021: $4,797

  • Friendly Crossways 2
    2021 Micro Celebrations

    We are now offering two-day, one-night events for 2–25 of your closest family and friends. Final numbers subject to Massachusetts and local COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place for gatherings at the time of the event.

    • Events run 2 days, 1 night (4pm–noon), Sundays to Thursdays only
    • Exclusive use of the renovated barn, carriage house, and getting ready suite, plus 25 acres of grounds and gardens
    • Indoor or outdoor ceremony site of choice, with a reception held outdoors without a tent (first dance and parent dances only) or inside the barn
    • Reception catering (not included in rental rate) provided in-house, featuring organic fruits and vegetables from the farm at Friendly Crossways
    • Alcohol (bar costs not included in rental rate) BYO or in-house. Beer, still wine and sparkling wine and hard ciders/seltzers (5% ABV) are permitted.
    • Bartending services are provided in-house (not included in rental rate)
    • Reception tables & chairs, on-site parking, lawn games, and board games
    • Afterparty at the fire circle with a complimentary in-house s'mores package
    • After-afterparty space indoors
    • Farewell brunch (in-house with additional cost, self-cater, or bring in outside food)
    • On-site lodging for up to 25 people
    • Add-ons include canoeing on the Nashua River, a tent package (with tent, lighting, dance floor), and an elopement package with champagne and made-to-order breakfast for the couple


    Sundays through Thursdays: $3,797

  • Friendly Crossways 3
    2021 Elopements

    Elopement packages available for up to 10 people on Sunday through Thursday evenings in 2021.

    • Includes exclusive use of our 25-acre property for 8 hours (typically 2pm-10pm)
    • Many outdoor ceremony sites
    • On-site parking
    • Spacious getting ready suite available
    • Reception is outdoors (tent-free) or inside the barn
    • Reception catering & bartending services are provided in-house at an additional cost

    Sundays through Thursdays: $1,000

Team of Friendly Crossways

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

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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

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Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements

  • 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 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 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!

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  • 247 Littleton County Road Harvard, MA, 01451 See on map
    978-767-9431 (Phone number)
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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 81% 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.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Friendly Crossways offer?

Friendly Crossways currently offers 3 offer promotions for wedding services.