Friendly Crossways Reviews

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72 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 5.0
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Kali

    Kali Dimarco · 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! :-)
  • A

    Adrienne · Married on 10/07/2020

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

    Perfect Summer Wedding

    My fiance and I planned to get married in Italy but had to cancel our plans due to COVID. We decided to keep our original wedding date and reached out to Friendly Crossways as a backup plan. It turned out to be the best decision ever! Our wedding was absolutely perfect. We don't even want to think of it as a plan b because it was everything we could have dreamed of. Mary Helen was amazing at helping us find a way to get married safely without sacrificing the experience. We were able to have a wonderful weekend with our immediate family filled with love, joy, and the most delicious food we've every tasted. Mary Helen, Keith, and the entire staff was amazing and made us feel so comfortable, safe, and right at home. They are so talented and welcoming - by the end of the weekend they felt like family. Mary Helen is so fun to work with, it is like talking with an old friend. She is also an amazing cook and was able to accommodate vegetarian, gluten free, and meat loving family members without compromising flavor or variety. We could not have asked for a better experience, especially given the circumstances. We absolutely recommend Friendly Crossways and can't say enough good things about them!

    Sent on 10/26/2020

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for this marvelous review, and for sending me a PM to let me know that autocorrect miscorrected my middle name ;-)
    Your wedding was small in guest numbers and ever so big in terms of beauty, love and laughter. It was a pleasure to work with you all and we also appreciate the care that you and your family demonstrated with respect to adhering to COVID safety guide lines so we all, staff included, could be more safe. And, it was plain wonderful to have it reaffirmed that COVID can't stop love!
  • B

    Brittany Murphy · 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.
  • N

    Nai Sonauta · Married on 09/05/2020

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

    Beautiful venue

    We were so happy and still thinking about our day at Friendly Crossways. We were very happy with everything. Your place was very beautiful. The weather couldn’t have been better. The big green area that kids could roam around freely was perfect. Food and servers were all very professional. We have recommended you to multiple friends already."

    Sent on 11/25/2020

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Nai, for your kind words and for recommending us to other friends. We are so grateful we could provide a safe and fun space for you and Dave to host a very special celebration.
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca · Married on 05/09/2020

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

    Beautiful, COVID safe venue

    My brother got married at Friendly Crossways this year, and it was an absolutely wonderful venue. They had planned to have a larger wedding, but chose to scale down so they could still get married this year. Mary Helan and Keith, the business owners, were so warm and welcoming, and they kept everything running smoothly and safely. The wedding was small, only about 30 people or so, and it all felt very intimate and special. My brother and his wife got married in their wedding glade, on these beautiful rock steps surrounded by a very woodland vibe. There couldn't be dancing, but there were lots of fun lawn games that let everyone get involved and hang out together while still saying safe. The bride and groom also came up with a specialized trivia game for each of the tables to have an activity during the reception. The ceremony was lovely, we all had a wonderful time, and it was just a truly special occasion despite all the uncertainty with COVID and the last minute changes.

    Sent on 11/01/2020

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you! Your brother and his beautiful bride's wedding was lovely. We especially enjoyed all the games they came up with to provide safe dance-free entertainment for everyone.
  • Adam

    Adam Devito · Married on 08/17/2019

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

    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

    Sarah Izen · Married on 06/29/2019

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

    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

    Steph L · Married on 05/17/2019

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

    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 BaileyQPhoto

    Sent 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!
  • A

    Ash Gordon · Married on 10/13/2018

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

    The PERFECT rustic DIY venue in Massachusetts

    I hardly know what to say - Friendly Crossways was the PERFECT venue for our rustic wedding this past October. Both Mary Helan and Lisa were exceptional throughout the planning process, helping me to decide, plan, navigate, and just calm down! It was so easy having most of our vendors in the same place. We had our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, catering, and lodging all there, and even held 2 breakfasts, a lunch, and lawn games there too! It was a dream come true to have all of our friends and family staying in the same house for a whole weekend, and we didn't have to worry about transportation to and from all of the events! The property is gorgeous, the farm house feels like home, and the people are so helpful and caring. Mary Helan is a wonderful chef, and the food was fresh from her garden and phenomenally prepared. We went back and forth so many times with the catering menu, but she was only helpful and understanding. My husband kept saying that he can't wait to have his next wedding there haha! As we were leaving, we were trying to come up with a reason to have all of our family and friends back there for a weekend. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE!!!!! Note: If you are looking for a super fancy, everything done for you place, this isn't it. It is very rustic and DIY, which is what we were looking for, so if that's your style, look no further!

    Sent on 11/30/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Ashley, thank you for your marvelous review, and for entrusting us with your special celebration. Your wedding was the final one of our 2018 season, and we are thrilled that it both started your married life with a beautiful bang, and also ended our season on a high note! All y'all are welcome back any time (family and friend reunions are fun)!
  • S

    sarah · Married on 09/29/2018

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

    Amazing Experience at Friendly Crossways

    Friendly Crossways was the first venue we looked at and after researching several before going to see the property, we knew from the moment we stepped foot on the property we were sold. Laid back yet totally professional, we had a casual ceremony and reception of about 125 people over a weekend celebration. The rental of the property was a third of what others were asking and provided a place to stay, eat, and celebrate with us for the entire weekend. The staff made us feel at home and we would recommend this location for anyone looking for something outdoors, rustic and wonderful.

    Sent on 11/28/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Sarah, for your delightful review. We are honored to have hosted your totally beautiful, laid-back, and so-much-fun wedding weekend!!
  • amber

    amber · Married on 09/15/2018

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

    Best.Day.Ever

    We visited Friendly Crossways, on a cold rainy day, but knew it was perfect. The planning process was so laid back, which was great because my ambitious DIY endeavors, participation in two other weddings, and a year at a new job, took up a lot of my life. When planning the menu, Mary Helan gave input on food parings, and really worked with us to create an impressive spread that fit our budget. At the end of everything our day was PERFECT, I actually kept telling myself that something had to go wrong because everything was so flawless. But, nothing ever went wrong. Our amazing friends helped with setup and decorating day of, and it was so heartwarming to know all the work they put in behind the scenes to make our day so special. The fire pit at the end of the night wrapped everything up perfectly, we were able to cozy up with blankets and smore’s and laugh at all the crazy dancing we did.
    Two of our friends, who were married a month before us, said, “We don’t want to say your wedding was the best wedding ever, because of our wedding, but your wedding was the best wedding ever.” It really was the best.wedding.ever. Thank you thank you, Mary Helan and Keith for giving us the greatest gift of memories we have ever received.

    Sent on 10/22/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Wow! Amber, we are humbled and grateful for your splendid review. Keith and I had such pleasure in hosting your gorgeous event. We are blessed that "our" couples come with supportive families and friends who share in our goal of making the wedding weekend memorable for all the right reasons!
  • C

    Corina · Married on 07/28/2018

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

    From the moment we walked into Friendly Crossways on a cold blustery spring day, we knew we found our happy (wedding celebration) place. We loved that we could rent the whole property for the weekend and have our out of town friends stay with us from Friday to Sunday. We loved that we could do as little or as much as we had strength for in terms of decoration, hosting the non reception meals, organizing weekend activities etc. Even with all the cold and rain of that spring day, we could easily imagine the flowers in bloom, the green fields and bountiful gardens in the summer.

    We were charmed by the laid-back, non-fussy yet romantic vibe, the unique character of the place, the expansive space surrounding the property and last but certainly NOT least, the warmth and authenticity of the owners. Mary Helan and Keith have been instrumental in making our party the best we could possible wish for. From the moment we met, it felt like we were planning our weekend with capable, generous friends who listened, got to know us and understood exactly what kind of party we wanted to have. They gave us lots of room for creativity but steered us gently when we were about to make unwise decisions. Oh, and the food! where to start? one of the hardest decisions what choosing appetizers and entrees, since all the options are creative, seasonal, local and delicious. The tomato corn cheese pie is not to be missed. But then again, so are the bacon-wrapped dates, the crostini, zucchini round, pork... and the pies, oh my!
    The planning process was easy and efficient, Lisa, our planner sent a few very helpful sheets to assist with meal and beverage ordering, tasks and timelines. She kept track of our progress and made sure we hit due dates with all vendors including bar and tent rental.
    When our day arrived, I felt nothing but joy and excitement. Everything turned out perfectly, much of it thanks to our choice to have our celebration at Friendly Crossways. Thank you Mary Helan & Keith!

    Sent on 09/10/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Corina, for your thoughtful extra-special review. Most important, Keith and I thank you and your wonderful husband for honoring us with your celebratory weekend. There was nothing but joy throughout the entire process of planning with you, working on the menu selections, and helping things unfold for you and your special family and friends. We feel blessed!
  • S

    Sadikshya · Married on 07/21/2018

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

    The venue was absolutely wonderful! Our wedding weekend was so memorable and it was, in part, by the inclusiveness and style of the property. We had all our closest friend stay on the property with us the whole weekend. The fire-pit was so lovely and the bonding with everyone made the whole weekend a success. Mary and Keith were so helpful with the entire planning process. Mary is responsive, patient and thoughtful. Her years of experience and professionalism really shows when she suggests how to tackle a problem. You can tell she has seen it all. They worked with us and helped us manage the whole thing. Having friends stay on the property also allowed so many people to feel like they were part of the wedding versus just guests. It was truly a wonderful weekend and the place is just beautiful. You won't go wrong with this venue, and you will survive the whole process without breaking the bank.

    Sent on 09/01/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Oh, my goodness, thank you, Sadikshya. It was truly a pleasure cooperating with you and your husband to help fulfill your wedding vision. I appreciate your recognition that family and friends have the opportunity to be an integral part of your wedding memories, “versus just guests!” Thank you for honoring us with your special weekend.
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    Alex · Married on 06/08/2018

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

    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.

    Sent on 06/19/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thanks Alex, for your delightful review. We are so very pleased that everything went off smoothly and happily for your unique wedding weekend!
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    Noah · Married on 05/27/2018

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

    Working with Friendly Crossways was great - they helped guide us through the process, and let us know what to expect. The accomodations are really nice, and well laid out - our family in from out of town were all able to stay together which really made a difference. The grounds are beautiful, and we loved being in the space - having a fire circle made the magic of the evening seem to last forever. We would definitely recommend Friendly Crossways!

    We had about 35 people staying for the weekend, and then about 75 for the ceremony - but FC could have easily accomodated more.

    Sent on 10/02/2018
  • Leanne

    Leanne · Married on 09/02/2017

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

    My husband and I were in search of a wedding venue that could bring our love for Vermont to our Massachusetts families. The setting, the personality/feel of the venue, AND the amazing food exceeded all of our hopes and expectations. Absolutely select Mary Helan as your caterer. Dinner was the best any of us have had at a wedding and the pies flew off the buffet! Our guests were blown away - they could not get over how beautiful the grounds were.

    A fantastic venue for any DIY bride. A beautiful, rustic location with all the time and flexibility you can hope for.
    As many brides and grooms know, when you are planning your wedding, EVERY minute counts. It makes such a big difference to have the whole weekend to prepare, setup, and breakdown your wedding while sharing more time with your family and friends. The luxury of not having to "clear out" the same evening as your event is worth more than gold.

    Mary Helan, Keith, and their staff are an absolute pleasure to work with. Trust them - this is not their first rodeo! ;)

    Sent on 09/12/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Dear Leanne, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so blessed to have couples that appreciate our resources and efforts to make sure that their unique wedding visions can unfold as smoothly as possible. It was a blast working with you and your husband on your very beautiful event.
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    Thien · Married on 08/05/2017

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

    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.

    Sent on 08/27/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your marvelous review, Thien. Throughout the entire process—from the first visit to see our property (in the middle of winter!) to the final goodbyes on a warm August day—it was always a pleasure and honor for Lisa, Keith and myself to work with you and your beautiful bride. We also noted how wonderfully your friends and family were there for you two throughout the weekend. I appreciated the opportunity to expand my vegan/vegetarian repertoire as well. We definitely would love to see you and the gang here again.
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    Paul · Married on 07/29/2017

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

    The owners of this beautiful wedding venue are personally involved in planning and putting on each and every wedding. This is exceptional, as are their terms...where else can you rent a beautiful pastoral hostel/retreat center that sleeps 60 people for an entire weekend for a flat fee?

    Sent on 07/31/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thanks for your kind words, Paul. Our desire is to help couples realize their dream weddings as much as possible. Your daughter did a wonderful job planning a truly beautiful event, and we happy to help when and where she requested it. Although we'd like to take credit for meeting her request for perfect weather, that was just another Friendly Crossways miracle!
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    Alison · Married on 07/29/2017

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

    Friendly Crossways was the most wonderful place to have a wedding! My husband and I got married there this past summer, and we could not have asked for a more perfect location and venue. It was so great to have the hostel exclusively for the entire weekend. We had our rehearsal dinner right there at FC on Friday, and the wedding was Saturday evening, and then we had a brunch on Sunday morning, and Mary Helan and Keith were so helpful and accommodating and flexible the entire time. We enjoyed our rehearsal dinner on their beautiful front porch, and had a great evening at the fire pit both Friday and Saturday after the wedding. We had a very DIY wedding, and it was perfect having Friday afternoon, and all Saturday to set up. It made the entire setting up process so much more relaxed and enjoyable than it would have been at a traditional venue where we only had 6-8 hours. Because of this, on the day of the wedding I was extremely relaxed and calm, which is what every bride needs on the day of their wedding. They were so helpful of special requests, and they really try to make the entire experience relaxed and carefree for the couple. All of the staff were tremendous and went above and beyond the call of duty. The food was incredible, Mary Helan is an amazing chef, and she truly does not made a bad dish. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and FC was the perfect spot for an outdoor, countryside wedding celebration. I would recommend Friendly Crossways to anyone who wants a beautiful wedding that you will remember for the rest of your life!

    Sent on 09/24/2017
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    Emily · Married on 07/08/2017

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

    We are so happy that we chose Friendly Crossways for our July 2017 wedding! The spot was overflowing with flowers and green in the summer, and perfectly reflected the relaxed environment that we wanted for our wedding weekend. We were easily able to host a large group of friends and family on-site, which we wanted.
    Mary Helan and Keith were wonderful hosts, and their expertise in putting on weddings helped tremendously. Communication throughout the process was excellent, and they were always very responsive to our questions and requests. The food! I can’t forget to mention how wonderful the meal was. I am so pleased with every aspect of our wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways.

    Sent on 08/31/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Emily, for your kind words and lovely review. We were so pleased and honored to be part of your very special celebration. You guys rock!
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    Deborah · Married on 05/28/2017

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

    Mary and Keith at Friendly Crossways did so much behind the scenes to make my daughter and daughter-in-law's wedding weekend a magical and wonderfully pleasurable time for all who came to celebrate. I can't imagine a better place to have held this joy-filled event - a venue that many people said felt just right for who this particular couple are and for the people they love and who love them. Those who go to - and stay at - Friendly Crossways to celebrate important events are lucky indeed, including getting to enjoy Mary's amazing cooking.

    Sent on 06/08/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Deborah, thank you so much for your wonderful review (and also for having such a wonderful daughter and daughter-in-law) All the love and joy expressed throughout the weekend was, indeed, magical!
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    Lauren · Married on 05/20/2017

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

    From the very beginning Mary Helen and Keith made us feel welcome and excited to have our wedding on their property. They were accommodating to all of our requests, including our wedding meal of pulled pork and mac and cheese. There is so much room for the bridal party to stay on site, and additional guests as needed. As our friends are from all over the country, it was perfect to be able to have everyone together from Friday-Sunday. Keith also went above and beyond to make sure that a very important light fixture was hung in the tent. Words cannot express our gratitude for making our day perfect!

    Sent on 05/25/2017

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much for your gracious review. At the end of the evening Keith shared E's story about the importance of the unique light fixture, and I burst into tears. Your friends were so much fun and helpful, and can really tear up a dance floor! It was truly such a pleasure to be part of your and E's wonderful weekend.
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    Jennifer · Married on 10/01/2016

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

    My husband and I knew as soon as we saw Friendly Crossways, that this was the only wedding venue for us. We loved that we could add our own personal touches on everything and that we could spend the entire weekend with family and friends. Mary Helen and Keith were great, helping us work out all of the little details so things could come together smoothly. Even when it rained during our ceremony, they did everything they could to make our outdoor ceremony work and keep our guests as dry as possible. We also had Mary Helen cater, and the food was delicious! All of their staff was fun, friendly and professional. We could not have asked for a better place to get married!

    Sent on 12/31/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Jennifer: thank you for your wonderful review (I apologize for being so late in responding)! It was really, really fun working with you and D. Throughout the planning you were joyful, enthusiastic and relaxed, which is an awesome combination! It was a pleasure and an honor helping your special day be truly special.
  • User7060431 · 2+ years ago

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

    Our wedding weekend could not have been a more wonderful experience, and we have Friendly Crossways in large part to thank for that. Mary Helan and Keith understood the event we wanted to have from the very beginning, and were always responsive in answering our questions along the way. The few hiccups we hit in planning were mostly due to being first time event planners, but in spite of the work it took to pull it off, we couldn't be happier. For a laid-back wedding with lots of time to spend with family and friends, we can't imagine a more perfect venue.

    Sent on 09/21/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you! Your wedding weekend was so enjoyable for friends and family, and for us as hosts, and perfectly captured your essence as a couple. It was a pleasure to be contribute toward your wonderful celebration.