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About Friendly Crossways

Create your own rustic, elegant, whimsical, memorable wedding weekend in a relaxed country setting.

Friendly Crossways is a country weekend wedding venue located near the quiet town of Harvard, Massachusetts, yet 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.

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • 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

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:

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

Categories: Wedding Venue

Regions serviced: Boston

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We had a super fun wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways. You and all your friends can sleep over at the house (a refurbished farmhouse) for 2 nights. Their home-cooked catering is excellent. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful.

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Profile Picture Alex, 6/8/18, 1 Review
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

Friendly Crossways was everything we could have imagined and more for a perfect wedding weekend. The setting is gorgeous and will make any weather situation magical. Our friends enjoyed the hostel and land so much that we plotted ways to come back as a group. Our parents had wonderful long conversations with the staff during the day and late night when things were not hectic. The fire circle surrounded by loved ones to start the weekend and to end the wedding helped make it all a dream.

For planning, Mary and Lisa were very helpful and communicative on all details and all the various questions that came up along the way. They are very experienced and handled a lot of details that made the important event smooth including building a beautiful and highly functional bar setup. On the day of, Keith was available to troubleshoot a leaky situation with our friends due to heavy morning rain. For catering, Mary created a vegan/vegetarian menu and made accommodations for several preferences and allergies. My best man and other meat eaters, who joked about needing to bring their own food, could not stop telling us how much they enjoyed the baked zucchini. Skip the traditional cake and go with pies, that is a command, not a suggestion :).

For those looking to have a full weekend wedding and go rain or shine outdoors, this is definitely the spot to have it. There is a lot of DIY elements so be prepared to put in the effort and your design hats. We also could not have pulled off a successful event without the help of many friends pitching in, especially one who we had 100% trust in and acted as our liaison/coordinator and made sure things happened better than we could plan them. Go with Mary for the catering, take advantage of using the kitchen for group brunches, and make sure to ask Mary and Lisa for their suggestions in planning and design as their feedback helped tweak things in better directions.

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Profile Picture Thien, 8/5/17, 1 Review
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

Friendly Crossways Pricing

Reception Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $5500.00
Site Fees Include:
Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Wedding Catering Avg. Price Per Person
Catering Prices Include:
Cake Cutting
Bar Service Price Includes:
Limited Bar

Friendly Crossways FAQ

Venue Highlights
Maximum Capacity
Guest Minimum
Event Spaces
Farm/Ranch, Garden, Inn/B&B
Destination, Outdoorsy, Rustic/Country
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Scenic Views, Uncovered Outdoor
Peak Season Months:
Off-Peak Season Months:
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner
All Inclusive Packages
Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
In-House Bar
In-House Catering
Outside Vendors
Wireless Internet
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'Oeuvres
Outside Cake
French Service
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Cash Bar
House Liquor
Liquor License
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine
Chocolate Fountain
Wheelchair Access


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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

I really can't say enough amazing things about Friendly Crossways and their staff. I should mention that I'm a wedding photographer and I've shot at almost every wedding venue in MA. To this day I always suggest Friendly Crossways to my brides if they are interested in having a country wedding with style. This venue is basically a photographers dream and I feel blessed whenever I get a chance to shoot at their venue. If you'd like to see some photos from a beautiful wedding got to my website or blog: www.heidifinnphotography.com

I was hired by a bride who had chosen Friendly Crossways for the site of her wedding and weekend festivities, 9 days before the event. I quickly called and I was connected with Mary Helen. She brought me up to speed quickly and with a smile I could sense over the phone. She and her husband were very thorough in our communication before the event and were more than eager to accommodate the brides wants and needs. When I arrived they were both busy at work - a state they remained in the entire day and night. They have a great staff who follow their leads working harder than I have seen owners work! They were thoughtful and sweet and so professional. When I spoke to them, their pride in their property was evident - and well deserved. The food served was as fresh as possible (came directly from their garden) and nothing short of mouth watering. The flavors were out of this world. They have events down to a science at Friendly Crossways and I plan to entice future events I have to book with them. The grounds are beautiful, from the arbor to the corn field, to the stone fire pit and the beautiful hydrangeas. I couldn't recommend them more! They were a joy to work with!


247 Littleton County Road, Harvard, MA 01451   See On Map
978-456-9386 (phone)
10 am - 10 pm
Friendly Crossways is a wedding destination venue from Harvard, Massachusetts servicing weddings throughout the local area, including Boston, central Massachusetts, and New England. Friendly Crossways is a professional outdoor wedding venue that has been part of the Boston area wedding industry since 1947 specializing in rustic chic wedding weekends with lodging.