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.
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:
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:
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.
73 Reviews for Friendly Crossways
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Alex O. · Married on 10/10/2020
Our amazing, COVID-safe wedding weekend!
We booked Friendly Crossways as our venue last year - we were so excited to have the beautiful grounds and entire farmhouse available to us and our guests for the entire weekend, and Mary Helan and Keith just gave us a great vibe - equal parts professional and personal!
We are even happier now with our choice. When COVID began, the team at FC outlined several options for us. We chose to move ahead with our original date and dramatically downsize our guest list. Even though the wedding was definitely different from the one we had started to plan before the virus, we still had an amazing and safe wedding weekend. The team at Friendly Crossways was communicative, helpful, and so kind as we wrestled with so many unknowns during the planning process. I can't imagine going through the stress of planning a wedding during COVID without Mary Helan's guidance and kindness. And we still had a magical wedding weekend with amazing food and the cozy, family-oriented vibe we wanted.Sent on 10/22/2020
Friendly Crossways's reply:Thank you for your lovely review. We are so grateful that you kept your original, special wedding date. It was a pleasure to be able to work with you to reimagine your plans and hold a beautiful, fun, joyous love-filled celebration!
Kali D. · Married on 10/07/2020
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.
Brittany M. · Married on 10/03/2020
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.
Friendly Crossways Price Rates
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.
Friday & Saturday Nights May 15-June 6, 2021: $4,797
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.
Sundays through Thursdays: $3,797
Elopement packages available for up to 10 people on Sunday through Thursday evenings in 2021.
Sundays through Thursdays: $1,000
Team of Friendly Crossways
Mary Helan Vesenka Turner
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.
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.
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!