Friendly Crossways is a rustic chic wedding getaway located near the quiet town of Harvard, Massachusetts, only 30 miles from Boston. You have the flexibility to supplement their beautiful natural landscaping with your own unique decorations. Relax by their magical fire circle, secure in the happy knowledge that you and your spouse (you’re married!) have successfully planned and carried out a special weekend celebration full of memories to last a life time. Pricing includes lodging for 27 guests, bridal suite to get ready, 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 60 guests) can be held outdoors or indoors. Large parties, up to 150 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 27 people for both nights are included in the wedding package, and another 35 people can be accommodated if desired.
With a photogenic bridal 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 hospitality. Services include:
Relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere as Friendly Crossways takes care of your delicious meal (featuring their farm-to-fork organic fruits and vegetables) and drink. They offer the following serving styles:
66 Reviews for Friendly Crossways
Recommended by 98% of couples
29 User photos
Adam Devito · Married on 08/17/2019
Intimate, homey, and extremely professional
Friendly crossways offered the perfect backdrop to celebrate our wedding weekend. The grounds are absolutley beautiful and the inn itself is the rustic and quaint building that dreams are made of. The ability to enjoy the grounds for such an extended time allowed us to fully enjoy our weekend without feeling rushed or scattered. We spent quality time with all of our friends and family and enjoyed a little extra time to just reflect and relax as we listened to the sounds of nature and the crackling of the fire.
Friendly crossways offered the perfect backdrop to celebrate our wedding weekend. When you find yourself on the grounds you are immediately surrounded by flowers, bushes, and trees of all varieties. The vegetable garden, rows of corn, and fire pit add a country feel that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The building itself is the quaint little inn that rustic dreams are made of. The space itself is impeccably clean and cozy. Not only that, but there is a feeling that you have arrived home when you first walk inside the door. It has such a wonderful vibe and all our guests immediately felt welcome and at ease. This was huge for us because we wanted our weekend to feel casual and inviting so people could truly unwind and reconnect with one another.
The staff at Friendly Crossways was also always handy if you needed anything at all. They were present without interrupting quality family time or feeling overbearing. It was the perfect balance of convenience and comfort for everyone.The ability to enjoy the grounds for such an extended time also allowed us to fully enjoy our weekend without feeling rushed or scattered. We spent quality time with all of our friends and family from Friday evening until Sunday morning. We used the extra time to reflect and relax by the fire as we listened to the sounds of nature and gazed at the stars in the sky. It really is a magical place in the stillness of the night. You feel extremely far removed from the city, despite the fact that it's only about 45 minutes to Boston.
Beyond all of that, our celebration could not have been more seamless. We did not actually have our ceremony that weekend. Instead, we entrusted FC with our reception, which included all our friends and extended family. Seamless really is the perfect word to describe the entire weekend. From getting the tent setup on Friday to handling the caterer, bar services, and general flow of people coming to and from the parking lot, FC did it all with ease. They are true professionals and you can tell that they have done this many, many times before. You will be in excellent hands with Mary Helen, Keith and the crew at FC. Whatever you need done, the team at FC will be able to deliver what you need and then some. Save yourself the headache and get out there to meet the team and see the beautiful grounds. You may even get the chance to try some of Mary Helen’s famous pie!!
Sent on 09/03/2019
Friendly Crossways's reply:Oh my goodness, thank you Adam! You succinctly captured some of the most important elements of what we strive for in your title "Intimate, homey and extremely professional" and expanded on more of them with "casual, seamless, convenience, comfort, relax, magical." We really enjoyed helping to contribute to your special weekend with your friends and family: it was a pure pleasure!
Sarah Izen · Married on 06/29/2019
A very special wedding weekend
We had an amazing wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways. The setting is absolutely stunning. The forest, fields, and spacious grounds are beautiful. The inn is unique, charming, and elegant. We can’t stress enough how meaningful and special it was to have so much time and space to host our family and close friends at the inn. Our actual wedding was spectacular but we were most pleasantly surprised by the quieter moments of playing cards late in the evening, toasting marshmallows, and just talking and building new relationships across our families. You can get married just about anywhere but at Friendly Crossways you’re given the chance to live out your values of putting relationships first. Beyond just the format of having this wonderful space for the whole weekend, the service, attention, and care that Mary Helan, Keith, and their staff put into their weddings is professional and personal. They are authentic, helpful, laidback while still attentive, and creative. Mary Helan’s pies and the food from their catering company was the best food I’ve ever had from a wedding caterer and the process of deciding on everything was seamless. Their recommended tent and rental company is also amazing and easy to work with. We really have no complaints, big or small. We’d do it all over again the same way in a heartbeat. Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable!
(Photos are by Lauren Page Wadsworth Photography)Sent on 07/19/2019
Friendly Crossways's reply:Thank you, Sarah for your heartfelt and gracious review. Your special weekend was a particularly joyful celebration from start to finish and Keith and I were truly honored to be part of it.
Steph L · Married on 05/17/2019
Friendly, tasty, beautiful, joy-filled, magical. Fire circle!
Because all of our friends and family were traveling for our wedding, we wanted a welcoming, joy-filled space that would allow them to stay for the whole weekend. Friendly Crossways gave us this and so much more.
Our group landed on Friday and didn't leave until Sunday. So many of our favorite memories happened outside of "official wedding" times - s'mores by the campfire, ping pong in the "subterranean suite," board games until 3am, friends from different groups lounging on the front porch over breakfast. Friendly Crossways had the perfect amount of room, giving everyone plenty of room to explore while still feeling cozy. The rooms were all very comfortable and clean. The outdoor space was gorgeous and filled with flowers, and perfect for everything from photos to frisbees. Seriously, the photos turned out amazingly.
As for the wedding itself, Mary Helan and Keith are incredible planners. They were super supportive, and amazingly fast on email. Whenever we came to them with "unique" ideas, their first thoughts were always "well how can we make this happen here?" They are super familiar with the flow of events and spaces, and have great advice for how to make things fit. They independently checked in with all the vendors the week before the wedding and made sure everything was thought of along the way.
Our wedding felt like a big operation to us - a Tea Ceremony and pre-wedding dinner with 70 people; friends cooking breakfast for 45 people; an outdoor wedding with 95 people. Most of the beds were full for the whole weekend. But the staff at FC made it look like a breeze, and made it feel like a breeze to us. We cannot thank or recommend them enough. Big or small, busy or relaxed, formal or chill - this team can make anything happen.
Oh, and the food was incredible.
One of our out-of-town friends loved the wedding so much, he booked FC as a hostel for the whole rest of the week. Another one of our friends raved about his first "sleepaway camp" wedding, and proposed having one here every year. If those aren't recommendations, we don't know what are.
*Photos by BaileyQPhotoSent on 08/17/2019
Friendly Crossways's reply:Dear Steph, Oh My Goodness, thank you for your gracious, thorough and wonderful review. It is, in fact, representative of your and your spouse's personalities and relationship! Keith and I loved being able to help you two manifest your wedding vision. So many elements of it were absolutely unique (e.g., a wedding in the round, with guests singing!) and we are very honored that you entrusted us with that vision and your very special weekend. PS the photos are amazing, thanks for sharing!
Friendly Crossways Price Rates
Pies, Blue Skies & 4th of July! Book your July 4, 2020 wedding weekend and get 50% off our homemade pies for dessert!
Two-Day Event Special: Book your June 5-6, 2020* wedding venue for $3,999! Includes on-site lodging, fire circle, bridal suite and much, much more.
*Ceremony and reception to take place on Friday, June 5.
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!
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
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!