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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  • J

    Julie · Married on 07/23/2016

    5.0
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    We are SO happy that we found Friendly Crossways for our July wedding! It was a magical weekend (complete with a double rainbow overlooking the fields!) with a beautiful venue, delicious food, and an incredibly personalized touch (we were the only guests on-site for the entire weekend).

    When we began our wedding search, we realized that one of our biggest priorities was creating a sense of genuine community and hospitality for our family and friends. Friendly Crossways was amazing place to do just that! We loved having the retreat center and property for a rehearsal dinner picnic the day before the wedding AND a Sunday lunch the day after the wedding-- it was a beautiful and relaxed gathering spot for people to come together! In the months leading up to the wedding, Mary Helan was a responsive and helpful point-of-contact. She answered our many questions thoroughly and with many great ideas and we particularly appreciated how she worked with our budget in creative and thoughtful ways!

    During the wedding weekend itself, Mary Helan, Keith and their staff were very welcoming and also gave us the space to feel like we truly could feel at home in the retreat center. They really seemed to share our joy and helped us create a very personalized, special day!

    This is certainly a "do it yourself" style venue--- it will be up to you to coordinate vendors, to create your vision, to delegate tasks-- but through the decision making and work of this, you will be SO supported by Mary Helan and will feel like your wedding weekend is in very very good hands.

    We are so delighted that we chose Friendly Crossways for our wedding!
    - Julie and Alyssa

    Sent on 09/05/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much, Julie, for your summary of a FANTASTIC weekend that was absolutely brimming over with love and enjoy from start to finish, including the planning that went into it. And then for it to be topped off, amazingly, with that double rainbow, was just super special for everyone, including Friendly Crossways staff. Thank you!
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    Megan · Married on 05/28/2016

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Having our wedding at Friendly Crossways made for a seamless, authentic, and welcoming weekend for us and all of our guests; the venue did an excellent job of tying together all the individual parts we had planned to make for a breathless and spectacular event that was everything we wanted. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to any couple who is looking to have their wedding in a beautiful setting with the feel of a weekend retreat!

    Sent on 12/17/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Megan! Your wholehearted endorsement is much appreciated, especially as we witnessed just how big and warm the hearts of all your friends and family were for your very special, and very beautiful, wedding celebration.
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    Hannah · Married on 05/21/2016

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had our wedding last month at Friendly Crossways, and it really was the perfect venue for us. It was very important to us to find a place that felt relaxed and that gave us the time and space to spend with all our guests who'd traveled so far to celebrate with us. Friendly Crossways was all those things! We loved having the venue for the whole weekend, which was easy for our guests - especially those who stayed at the venue with us. As a bride, it was lovely not to have to travel anywhere the day of the wedding, and so I felt quite relaxed and unhurried. My only regret is that we didn't start the wedding a bit sooner (we started at 4:30). I found myself wishing we'd had a bit more time for the reception, but that may just be that we were having so much fun and didn't want it to end!

    Mary Helan and Keith were so wonderfully helpful and kind - they really make you feel that your wedding is not just a business transaction but a special occasion to be celebrated. They made sure everything ran smoothly, and Mary Helan's food was absolutely delicious - the guests raved about it! I only wish I'd gotten to eat more of it! We especially loved the fire circle and our guests really loved the lawn games as well. Everyone had such a good time and so many people asked us how we'd found this wonderful place! I'm so glad we chose Friendly Crossways!

    Sent on 06/29/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much for your gracious review, Hannah. It was wonderful to be able to start our wedding season so successfully with you and D. and your fantastic friends and family.
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    Bethany · Married on 08/15/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had our wedding at Friendly Crossways last August and it was nothing short of fabulous! Friendly Crossways helped us create a weekend wedding experience we didn't know was possible in the Boston area. Friday and Saturday night, 30 of our friends and family stayed over and everyone had a blast. Mary Helan was somehow present whenever you needed her, but never in the way. We saw Keith less, but everything went off without a hitch, so I know he was doing behind the scenes work to make things run smoothly. Mary Helan also catered our reception and everyone was raving about the food! She and Keith were both extremely professional and helpful. If you're looking for a local destination wedding with laid-back, yet professional staff, this is the place for you!

    Sent on 10/28/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Bethany. It was easy being host/hostess with the mostest in conjunction with all the joyous support from your and Bryan's friends and families! We are delighted to have been part of your wonderful event.
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    Rebecca · Married on 08/01/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    My husband and I LOVED Friendly Crossways, and so did all our guests. It was the perfect setting for our laid back and casual outdoor wedding. Everyone was wowed by how beautiful and idyllic the grounds were. It was a truly magical place to get married. We loved everything about it. The venue is beautiful and magical, Mary Helan and Keith are such wonderful people, and Mary Helan's food is to die for. We spent the entire weekend at Friendly Crossways with family and friends and the venue created a perfect setting to make our unique vision a reality. Mary Helan was a pleasure to work with. She was accommodating, communicative, and was invested in helping us achieve our unique vision. Let me break it down for you because there is so much to rave about! (1) The property is large. There were at least 3-4 different sites we could choose to have the ceremony. They allow you to have your ceremony wherever you'd like on the property as long as it isn't too close to the honey bees :) On site lodging made everything better – we had 45 friends stay with us! Keith made a campfire both nights our guests loved. (2) Keith + Mary Helan They were committed to helping us make our wedding day exactly how we envisioned it. We corresponded frequently leading up to the wedding and Mary Helan was always quick to respond. She was understanding that wedding planning can be overwhelming, and kept reminding us to have fun with our planning. It was such a relief to work with someone who is as laid back as we are. MH listened to the vision we had for our wedding and helped us actualize it. It was awesome that she was invested in making our wedding feel as uniquely like "us" as a couple, as we were striving for it to be. (3) The Food: FC catered and the food was incredible. Great vegetarian options. Many ingredients came from her garden and everything was fresh. She made delicious pies, using her own blueberries! She provided large and diverse menu options. If I could I'd give more than 5 stars!

    Sent on 08/26/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Rebecca, for your marvelous review. I'm blushing! It was definitely a marvelous, magical weekend for family, friends and also for Keith, myself, and our staff. Huzzah for the power of communal efforts!
  • User5105597 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Friendly Crossways was the PERFECT venue for our wedding. We wanted a spot that would let us have a welcoming, down-to-earth, ROCKING party, and that was exactly what we got. Mary Helan was hugely helpful throughout the whole planning process. We opted to use her in-house catering, and we're glad we did! The best part of having our wedding at Friendly Crossways was being surrounded by friends and family who stayed at the venue all weekend. We'll forever remember the late nights in front of the fire pit with all our loved ones. Thank you, Mary Helan and Keith!

    Sent on 05/23/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for wonderful review, which is in keeping with the generosity and kindness of everyone of your family and friends. Yours was the first wedding of our 2015 season, and you set the bar very high!
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    Adrianne · Married on 10/11/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Friendly Crossways is absolute perfection. We had the most glorious wedding weekend that we could have possibly imagined. Everything about everything was perfect. Our wedding was in October and the colors in Massachusetts were gorgeous. The space was accommodating and comfortable, the owners are flexible and are delightful to work with, the outdoor space is beautiful, and we were able to plan everything to our liking. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else.

    Sent on 10/24/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Adrianne, for your fantastic review, and for bringing you, your fiance, family and friends to Friendly Crossways. It was our first intimate indoor reception, and it was great to work with you all. We enjoyed the unique touches that took advantage of the barn interior, and so cool to have our first homemade Whoopie Pie wedding cake!
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    Vero · Married on 09/13/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Mary and all her staff made our wedding weekend unforgettable! She went above and beyond; she even cooked a Venezuelan meal (first time ever and it was delicious!!!). The venue is definitely unique. Our family and frineds from out-of-state/country had a wonderful stayed at the hostel. This venue gives you a whole weekend event not just couple hours. We couldn't have picked a better place to have a dream wedding (rain or shine :-) Thank you!

    Sent on 09/15/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Vero, for your lovely review, and especially for bringing your multi-cultural event to Friendly Crossways. It was great learning to make new dishes which I can now add to my catering menus, and everyone enjoyed the way Latin American & US customs were incorporated throughout the evening. Brava!
  • User4335525 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Planning our wedding at Friendly Crossways was easy and fun, and the weekend itself was relaxed, beautiful, and delicious! Much of the food came from the host's garden and tasted great. We were also allowed to use the kitchen and dining hall for more casual family gatherings. The host of the venue is professional and experienced with a quirky sense of humor that made the entire event lots of fun. And...a fantastic fire pit!

    Sent on 08/19/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your great review, and sharing another unique wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways: a live bluegrass jam around the fire circle was a first for us! So much fun! We are very happy to be offering our Farm to Table food to so many couples this year and glad you enjoyed it all.
  • User4636936 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had a American/German wedding at friendly crossways. We got a warmly welcome, see a very professional preparation for all guests and the couple. We celebrating in a tent what was prepared in the appropriate colours of the couple, with a nice dancefloor and enough space for our special German wedding - games. The owners helping us to fulfill our special wishes, the rooms were well prepared and the food was exellent. The ceremony was warm and emotional for all of us and the special location in front of the stones made it perfect. Thanks to the owners from the German group of the wedding .
    the grateful German father in law and the whole family+

    Sent on 12/28/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Herzlichen Dank!
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    Colleen · Married on 06/14/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Our wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways was truly blissful! Having friends and family with us onsite from Friday night until Sunday afternoon left us with lasting memories we couldn't have gotten elsewhere. It felt like we were all staying at a big family house, complete with the smells and sounds of our family and friends making breakfast together when we woke up on Sunday, we all got to relax with coffee overlooking the countryside and chat about the night before. And what a night! We had the space and flexibility to create just what we wanted, with lots of beautiful lawn for games, a big bonfire and candlelit cocktail tables outside. Plenty of room for a huge tent, with an oversized dance floor and stage for the band. Mary Helen did the food which was amazing, she knows her stuff and everything ran smoothly. The steak tips are seriously good. And the view of the surrounding fields and countryside really make the perfect backdrop for a fun, private event to let loose. I've had several friends tell me it's the best wedding they've been to and I'm lucky to have found it, and I agree :) Thanks Mary Helen!

    Sent on 08/08/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much, Colleen, for your marvelous review. We are so glad your family and friends enjoyed all the special things that can happen on our property when a couple brings folks together who have one thing in mind: celebrating you and your best beloved!
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    Susannah · Married on 10/05/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Friendly Crossways is a truly fantastic and wonderful place for a wedding. It was really important to us to have a place that we could call home for the entire weekend and Mary Helan and Keith definitely made us feel like family. They and their entire staff were amazing. Our guests raved about the food (Mary Helan's catering is fabulous - try the steak tips!), the beautiful setting, and how much we were able to make the whole event feel unique and special (bonfire and smore's after the reception was a huge hit). Many of them joked that they thoroughly enjoyed spending a weekend at our "country home". We loved being able to play lawn games during cocktail hour and serve our own homebrew at the reception. You can make the event as DIY as you like and if not, Mary Helan can recommend vendors to fill just about any need. The whole weekend exceeded anything we could have imagined and feel very lucky to have found such a special place for our wedding.

    Sent on 10/18/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Susannah, for the review, and most important, for honoring us by bringing your and your husband's families together from across the seas to meet at Friendly Crossways! A beautiful wedding, a fun reception, and lots of fabulous Irish accents: wow!
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    Marissa · Married on 09/14/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We recently hosted a "vintage carnival" themed wedding at Friendly Crossways. When I came up with this theme I realized that it required a very specific type of venue - one that would allow us to keep such a fun theme classy, one that would still have a beautiful location for our ceremony, and one that would allow us plenty of time for set up! Friendly Crossways provided this and MUCH more. My family lives all over the country, and my husband and my families had never met prior to the wedding. Being able to rent the grounds for the entire weekend allowed for the most beautiful part of our wedding, which was being able to spend time with those we don't see often enough and watching our two families blend. We truly had a beautiful wedding. Our rehearsal dinner (a BBQ on the porch) was absolutely delicious and we immediately started to feel like Friendly Crossways was our home and the staff was our family. Having sleeping arrangements on site was so wonderful, it allowed us all to spend more time together and also not worry about anyone drinking and driving. The grounds were spectacular for our ceremony, the tent was gorgeous, and it was so fun to leave our reception and go to a bonfire with our friends and family for continued fun. After the bonfire we went back into the basement and continued the fun with our friends playing games, and some of the staff even joined us! It was so much fun, the entire weekend truly was magical. Mary Helan was incredibly helpful and responsive during the year or so that I spent planning, and her food was so great, I definitely recommend using her as your caterer. This is the perfect site for anyone who wants a green, DIY wedding where they can relax, connect with family and friends, and just have a beautiful time. My guests haven't stopped raving!!

    Sent on 09/22/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Marissa, for your kind words, and for bringing your uniquely themed weekend to Friendly Crossways. I wasn't exactly sure how it would be pulled off, but you and your groom and your very special friends and family did it! Your actual wedding ceremony was elegant and sacred and the transition to the fun of the vintage carnival theme decorations and games was smooth and delightful!
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    Laura · Married on 08/24/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I cannot thank Mary Helan and Keith enough for a beautiful wedding weekend. Patrick and I wanted a casual, laid-back setting where people could stay over and relax for the weekend with us. Mary Helan and Keith were always very quick in responding to any questions we had during the planning process. The house is beautiful and cozy and the backyard was a stunning setting for our wedding. The food was delicious (we had lime-marinated grilled chicken and tomato corn pie) and people throughout the night were commenting on how great it was. I could not be happier with the experience I had working with Mary Helan and Keith and I highly recommend them as a wedding venue and caterer.

    Sent on 09/22/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Laura, for the great review, and for holding your really beautiful wedding and really fun reception at Friendly Crossways. I don't think anyone stopped dancing until the DJ finally turned the music off!
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    Naomi · Married on 07/06/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Everything you will read in these reviews about Friendly Crossways is true—it is a magical place to be married. The grounds are stunning, peaceful, and romantic. Our guests described the setting and the feel as “idyllic,” a “sylvan paradise,” and “elegantly simple, simply elegant.” In the two nights and three days we spent there, we felt our families blending in a way we could not have achieved with a single evening event or even by staying several nights at the same hotel. While we were excited to find Friendly Crossways from the very beginning, we were completely sold when we met Mary Helan and her gracious family and tasted her delicious food. For the wedding we had sea bass, couscous, vegetable pie, and asparagus and everything was fresh, flavorful, and hearty but light all at the same time. A friend who was at her fourth of four weddings this summer, including one at a very upscale hotel, said this was the best food she’d had at any of them (and she shared this as she filled up on her second plate!). Mary Helan is incredibly helpful and accommodating, and although she hosts many weddings, she made me feel like her only bride. She welcomed information about our guests to ensure that she accommodated allergies and dietary preferences and even made a special effort to have peppermint stick ice cream from a specific local vendor on hand for my grandmother. The lack of central air on an unusually hot weekend in July was challenging, but the rooms have window fans and the living room/conference area has an excellent a/c unit. The ceremony space was also shaded enough by the start of our 4:30 pm wedding ceremony that our guests were comfortable, and the evening cooled significantly. The weekend was even lovelier than we had imagined it would be, and we couldn’t be happier that we chose to spend this special time at Friendly Crossways.

    Sent on 07/21/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Wow! Thank you so much, Naomi, for sharing this lovely review, and most especially for honoring us by holding your very special celebration here at Friendly Crossways.
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    Seth · Married on 06/08/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had a fabulous time at Friendly Crossways for our wedding. We rented the place for the whole weekend so that our closest friends and family could spend time together building community, and it all came together better than we could have hoped for. We also had Mary Helan, one of the co-owners, be our caterer, and the food was fabulous. The sea bass and the strawberry shortcake received the highest praise from folks, but the food was universally praised, as actually tasting really good, and not just being your typical wedding fare. Mary Helan and Keith were super helpful all weekend (helping us set up a tarp so we could still grill for our rehearsal dinner, for example, even though it was pouring rain on Friday night), and the weekend was as close to perfect as you can get. We held the ceremony itself onsite outdoors, and the pictures we have so far are just gorgeous. If you can't tell already, we had a fantastic experience.

    Sent on 07/04/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you Seth, for your wonderful comments, and thank you especially for bringing your beautiful bride and fabulous friends and family to Friendly Crossways for this very special weekend.
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    Jim · Married on 10/06/2012

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    After looking at 5 or 6 places we finally found Friendly Crossways! Mary Helan and Keith were extremely friendly, helpful and courteous. Our guests drank and danced their buns off in the tent and then walked 45 feet to their beds! I almost wish we had another wedding to throw just so we could go back and do it all over again.

    Sent on 01/09/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you! You and your bride, family and friends were the epitome of fun! fabulous! fantastic!
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    Lucy · Married on 08/25/2012

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Mother of the Bride, here:
    The landscape at Friendly Crossways is beautiful. The setting for the ceremony and the reception is perfect. The acoustics for the band are excellent. 150 people enjoyed a steady stream of passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, and a delicious dinner, beautifully served.

    Mary and Keith requested that we use Special Events of New England for the tent, lighting, tables, chairs and linens. We were very satisfied with their organization and quality. Webber's Florists in Littleton were terrific.

    All during the wedding day I felt it was the best day of my life, because my daughter got married to a wonderful guy, and I fell in love all over again with my handsome husband!

    To have a successful country garden wedding weekend, in residence at Friendly Crossways, teamwork is very important. Mary and Keith are the captains of the team, and their staff is very helpful. It also takes the teamwork of family and friends to make it all come together. We are grateful to the Turner's for their venue and their leadership.

    Sent on 10/20/2012

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Lucy, for your gracious review. It was a pleasure to meet and work with the bride and groom's families to put together a wonderful weekend for this very lovely couple.
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    David · Married on 07/28/2012

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    My wife and I had a full weekend wedding at Friendly Crossways and have absolutely no complaints. All our guests told us how perfect the venue was for us and that they enjoyed the ability to stay onsite and join us for more than just the usual 6 hours. Mary Helan was always accessible, helpful, and accommodating throughout the entire year leading up to our weekend. She and her staff were always friendly and available during the wedding itself, though never intrusive.
    The accommodations at Friendly Crossways are pleasant and comfortable, but definitely in keeping with the hostel feeling of the house and grounds. I, for one, felt much more at home as I awoke each morning and joined my family and friends in the large dining room for breakfast and laughs. No toilet-paper-folding hotel with bland continental breakfast would have provided that atmosphere wherein I was unquestionably at ease in my pajamas and enjoying my own egg sandwich. The facilities were fine and definitely in line with our own sensibilities; they encourage recycling and minimizing water use and I think I saw a photovoltaic array on the roof.
    The grounds are beautiful during the summer, surrounded by flowers and trees, as well as produce they use in their own catering. We went with another caterer, so I can't comment on the onsite catering. As party favors, however, we used the honey Mary Helan makes from the bees she keeps and were quite pleased with it. The one concern we had about the area was the audible firing range across the street, but we did not hear gunshots at all during the ceremony or in the tent, and only faintly when we were in the house.
    All in all, we had a fantastic time at our wedding and throughout the weekend. We believe the value at Friendly Crossways is exceptional, considering the venue cost is comparable to others in the area, but you get full access to the house and grounds for 48 hours (compared to 5 or 6) and it includes accommodations.

    Sent on 08/20/2012

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much! We appreciate that you and your family and friends took full advantage of the environment that Friendly Crossways provides allowing you all to relax during what is traditionally a stressful event. It was a pleasure hearing all that laughter for the entire weekend.
  • User2561355 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I attended a lovely wedding at the Friendly Crossways. It was a beautiful site with excellent facilities. Their incredible service even extended to the day after the wedding when I got home and realized I had lost my own diamond engagement ring. Mary at FC was incredibly helpful and conducted a 3-day all out search of the entire site to help me locate the ring! She and her team went above and beyond the call of duty and I will be forever grateful.

    Sent on 07/25/2012

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to be a part of this unique weekend (among other things, our first bride in a cheongsam!) and we are SO GLAD the ring was found!
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    Didi · Married on 11/26/2011

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    We held a weekend family reunion with our wedding at Friendly Crossways and it was absolutely wonderful. Unlike a formal hotel, this was like a huge campy home where little family groups clustered around the fireplace, sat together in the living room, perched on the bunks in the dorm rooms, played touch football in the yard in the dark, stood in the foyer to chat and hung out in the lower game room, meeting, greeting, playing games and catching up. At mealtimes different branches of both our families mingled and mixed on the buffet line and at the communal tables. PRICELESS! There was lots of bonding and relaxing while our families got to know eachother and were reunited into one.

    The food was such a surprise, I was expecting solid camp style food - no, this was decadent, scrumptuous and really impressively delicious. Mary Helan is a true chef, not to mention doing nearly everything else in this family-run operation. She went above and beyond helpful to everyone, she even rescued the ministers, and her honey is out of this world!

    We highly recommend Friendly Crossways for friendliness, beauty, and the wonderfully nourishing environment, not to mention her amazing chocolate mousse! YUM!!!

    Sent on 12/17/2011

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Wow, thanks! One of the blessings of owning and operating Friendly Crossways is seeing how distant acquaintances become friends because of a shared interest (such as a wedding couple or a particular workshop), and it was so wonderful for us to see the coming together of the families over the weekend of your lovely wedding.
  • Sarah

    Sarah · Married on 08/06/2011

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
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      5.0

    If you don't want to read the entire review, here's the bottom line: if you're looking for an intimate, country-style, outdoor wedding in Massachusetts, this is the place to have it. Period. I HIGHLY recommend Friendly Crossways!!

    I cannot express just how *perfect* Friendly Crossways was for our wedding: from the beautiful grounds to the friendly and accommodating staff, everything was exactly how we wanted it. Mary Helan and her family and staff were more than friendly, flexible, helpful, and generally wonderful, and helped to make our dream a reality.

    We had our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception all on site over the full weekend, from Friday to Sunday. We had guests staying with us Friday and Saturday nights, and used the fire ring both nights as well. Mary Helan catered our rehearsal dinner, both breakfasts, and the reception meal. I ticked off 'wedding cake' in services provided, but we actually did pies instead of cake, which I HIGHLY recommend. Oh, they were delicious!!

    It's an amazing deal: for what you'd pay for 5 hours at most venues, you get the whole weekend, plus up to 35 guests to stay over. If you're looking for a charming country wedding, and don't mind sharing bathrooms, it's really the best deal.

    We fell in love with Friendly Crossways when we went to visit the venue in fall 2010, and knew immediately that we would be having our wedding there. The property has so many features and is so beautiful: there are beautiful gardens surrounding the house, a giant corn field flanking one side of the property, a fire ring with boulders around it for seats, a beautiful white arbor, fruit trees and a cozy front porch, and a giant boulder with stone steps climbing up it. We had the honor of being married on top of that rock, and it made for a beautiful and unique setting for our ceremony.

    The inside of the venue is filled with cozy, eclectic country decor and furniture. Everyone who stayed over enjoyed the accommodations, despite the hostel-style. The decor and layout of Friendly Crossways make it feel more like a home, rather than an impersonal hotel: and that's exactly what we wanted.

    Like other reviewers, we used Special Events of New England for our Tent, Table, Chairs, and Linen rentals, and they knew the property and set up the tent early (Thursday) so it was up when we arrived Friday. They were prompt Sunday in taking down the tent and retrieving all the rental equipment. I'd recommend using them if you're doing your reception outside: we hardly had to think about it because of their prior relationship with the owners and knowledge of the property.

    We had no problems with anything at all: the charges on our bill were clearly explained before and after the event; the staff felt like family: they really went above and beyond. All of the food was delicious, nothing broke, nobody trashed anything, everyone was super friendly and accommodating... I have nothing but fond memories of the entire weekend!

    Sent on 08/10/2011

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your fabulous review! I'm sure it's single-handedly responsible for that fact that I'm providing homemade pies again with Friendly Crossways fruit for three weddings in 2012. We are so honored to have had a part in making your wedding dreams come true!
  • B

    Bonnie · Married on 09/11/2010

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

    Bry and I just wanted to thank you again for everything. My great grandmother had her 99th birthday party last night and we saw most of our local family again. Everybody there was still talking about how it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they have ever been to, and how nice it was to be able to enjoy the grass and the fire at leisure.. the food was a hit, as were the quilts of course and the general feel of Friendly Crossways. I can't count the times we were heard "This place is so perfect, how did you find it?" You executed everything so perfectly, and we can't thank you enough for the chocolate fountain suggestion. Every guest that we've talked to was all compliments about the food, the fountain, the atmosphere, and the place in general. I came into my first day of work today, and all of my co-workers were talking about how their honey favor is the best honey they have ever tasted. This was truly my dream wedding. A memorable experience for everybody there.

    Oh- and can't forget to thank you for sending Bry and I a tray of your appetizers while we were having our pictures taken. Neither of us had eaten all day and they were beautiful and delicious. What a thoughtful treat.
    Thank you a million times over,
    Bryan and Bonnie Dunigan

    Sent on 11/12/2010
  • A

    Amie · Married on 12/26/2009

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

    Friendly Crossways was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception. We had our ceremony in the outside wedding glade, which provided a beautiful backdrop (stone steps and towering trees), a stage area for our musicians and plenty of room for our guests to be seated. My husband and I have received non-stop compliments on the unique and beautiful natural setting.
    We rented a tent to have our reception in the yard at Friendly Crossways, and had tons of fun. It was fantastic to have the reception and ceremony at one location.
    Many of our guests enjoyed staying overnight at the Friendly Crossways house. The rustic lodging was a perfect place for friends and family to come together for the weekend. We loved having our rehearsal dinner in the dining room, cozying up oustide at the fire pit and I spent the night in the dorm with all my friends the night before the wedding.
    Friendly Crossways staff was super flexible and very helpful. The staff (most of which is a family) worked hard to make sure our special day was VERY special, and I think because they are a family and Friendly Crossways is their home, it has that feeling of an added personal touch that really transferred over to our wedding.

    Sent on 12/26/2009
  • A

    Anne · Married on 06/27/2009

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

    I just want to take this opportunity to let you know how pleased we were about our wedding weekend celebration at Friendly Crossways.

    The venue was perfect for us and the owners did so much to make sure that it would be ready for the wedding.(Ours was the first wedding of the season).Everything that they promised us was there, including a new firepit that had just been put in the week before. After our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, my daughter and her friends were able to sit around the firepit and play music in front of a campfire. The staff was amazing...very unobtrusive, but there when we needed them. Our Friday night guests said that the Saturday morning breakfast was delicious.

    We had a few anxious moments on Saturday as there were weird weather patterns swirling all around us, heavy rain in Worcester and in the 128 area suburbs. But, miraculously at Friendly Crossways, the sun was shining and the birds were twittering in the trees. I am not a religious person, but I think this is a truly blessed place.

    All of my daughters' friends who stayed for the weekend told us how much they enjoyed the hostel and how comfortable they were there. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to have a mini reunion, as they have not had the chance to all be together since they graduated from high school and college.

    At Friendly Crossways my daughter and son-in-law were able to have the wedding that was a true reflection of them.

    Sent on 08/11/2009