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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  • K

    Kate · Married on 08/16/2008

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

    We really wanted a wedding site where we could have the wedding that WE dreamed of... a very relaxed affair with games on the lawn in a beautiful setting and lots of friends helping out all weekend to put together a fun time. Friendly Crossways was PERFECT for that - Mary was very flexible, helpful, thoughtful, and affordable. We didn't want a hands-on wedding planner, or a staff of 20 to cater to our every need. We wanted independence, and Mary provided a wonderful space for us to craft to our own needs. Our wedding, as a result, felt intimately personal, but brides and grooms looking for a traditional wedding where all of the work is done for you might think of considering another site.

    Sent on 12/21/2009
  • K

    Katie · Married on 09/22/2018

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Friendly Crossways was absolutely spectacular. The place itself is gorgeous and Mary Helan and Keith are incredibly kind and helpful and willing to do whatever they can to make everything run as smoothly as possible and they clearly know what they are doing. Their staff are incredible as well, professional and cheerful and so happy to be helping us celebrate. The things that struck me most though were the little things - we got to Friendly Crossways a little later than most of our guests and I was worrying that no one would know what rooms and beds they were in but no! Mary Helan had already printed out the list we sent her and had it right by the rooms so everyone could find their spot. And during the reception the serving staff turned up with a plate of the appetizers just for us so that we would not miss getting to try the food we had chosen because we were too busy being newlyweds. Mary Helan went out of her way to make sure there was something decadent for everyone to eat, even those with the most difficult dietary restrictions, and everything was fantastic.

    Sent on 09/27/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you Katie! Keith and I were so very, very pleased and honored to have hosted your beautiful wedding. We appreciate that you appreciated the little things we did to try to make your wedding weekend unfold as smoothly as possible. And it is a joy for us to do so!
  • M

    Molly · Married on 05/26/2018

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had our wedding at Friendly Crossways at the end of May, and it was an overwhelming success! Mary Helan, and Keith, were the ultimate hosts and were as accommodating, flexible, and supportive as could be. They approached the planning of the event like experienced professionals, but also made us feel like family. They clearly had the success of our event foremost in their mind, and they gave their input and guidance wherever it would be helpful. The venue and grounds are beautiful, and Mary Helan and Keith take great pride in overseeing all of the details. The recommended outside purveyors, like tent supplier and liquor store, also brought a welcome level of experience and familiarity working at Friendly Crossways. Mary Helan is also the head chef, and she provided the food for our reception, and it was delicious! Our guests had nothing but compliments about the food and service, and she really treats the event and guests like a gracious host welcoming folks into her home. She oversees her food staff and makes sure everything runs smoothly, while Keith oversees the general facility staff and makes sure everything is in order, looking and running great. Many of our guests stayed at Friendly Crossways, which really made the whole wedding weekend into an especially relaxed, comfortable, affordable, and extended gathering. It was really a pleasure having the wedding at Friendly Crossways, and the rustic charm, and natural beauty made for a truly special event. We highly recommend Friendly Crossways!

    Sent on 07/11/2018
  • User6645812 · 2+ years ago

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I will tell you that our guests loved and raved about Friendly Crossways, including some of my more persnickety guests. You have an amazing operation there! So beautiful and fantastic for the kids.

    Sent on 04/28/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you!
  • L

    Laura · Married on 06/04/2016

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Friendly Crossways was the first venue we looked at and we knew pretty much right away that we wanted to get married there. The setting is idyllic and Mary Helan and Keith were instantly friendly and helpful and it was obvious that we could have exactly the wedding we wanted there without too may rules as to what we could and couldn't do. We wanted to have a complete DIY approach and their flexibility allowed us to do that. We used Mary Helan as our caterer for our wedding meal. She was really flexible in what she could provide and worked within our stated budget to perfection. The food was excellent on the day and we really love that she uses her own fruit and vegetables where possible. This adds an authenticity that is so in keeping with the setting. Her staff on the day were absolutely superb and provided flawless service.
    Our wedding weekend was absolutely amazing from the time our guests arrived on Friday night to saying goodbye on Sunday. It was so special to be surrounded by family and friends who had traveled so far for the entire weekend. One day would not have been enough and the relaxed environment of Friendly Crossways was the perfect setting for our guests to hang out and enjoy a weekend of love, joy and celebration.
    The backdrop of the tress, greenery, flowers, bee hives and general beauty at Friendly Crossways made our wedding photos absolutely stunning.
    A weekend that both we and our guests will never forget.

    Sent on 07/03/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you so much; we loved everything about your special event and being around around so many happy Irish accents was a bonus! We look forward to seeing those stunning photos!
  • A

    Adrian · Married on 09/06/2015

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    Friendly Crossways was a beautiful and flexible venue for our wedding celebrations! It was the perfect spot to have a very personal ceremony and reception that involved all our friends and family. Mary Helan and Keith were very responsive and helpful during the planning process, suggesting many reasonably priced vendors for all our needs. Everyone raved about Mary Helan's delicious catering with unique wedding pies instead of cake! It was both a special wedding and family/friend reunion weekend, as many of our guests were able to stay on site or very close by. It made it easy to have the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception all in the same place, with time for yard games and bonfire fun in between! It is important to note that the flexibility and ability to personalize the entire wedding weekend also might mean a bit more work on the part of the couple getting married and friends and family involved. We asked friends and family ahead of time to plan to help with set up and clean up, which gave more people a way to feel involved with the wedding celebrations.

    Sent on 12/31/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Adrian, for your lovely review. It was wonderful to see your friends and family involved in many of the weekend activities resulting in such a beautiful ceremony and really fun reception.
  • User5311381 · 2+ years ago

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Friendly Crossways was the perfect venue for our casual, intimate wedding weekend. We were initially overwhelmed by the details involved in wedding planning, but the setup of FC and the long-time experience of the owners made it much easier to coordinate everything. Having the whole place for the entire weekend allowed us to set up early, spread out, and house our family and friends. We got so many compliments on the uniqueness, beauty, and convenience of the venue, and had minimal decor because the property is so lovely. One owner, Mary Helan, catered an incredible buffet dinner with pies for dessert that our guests all raved about, and was able to accommodate special food needs or tell us when she didn't feel she could do so to her high standards (she offered berries for our vegan and gluten-free friends for dessert, and we chose to get v/gf desserts from specialty bakeries instead but appreciated having the choice). We had dancing, lawn games, and a campfire that the FC staff started for us; and FC also provided us with fridge and kitchen space so we could give our overnight guests a next-day brunch. FC had a great relationship with many of our other vendors - the tent rental place needed few details and were able to set up before we arrived because FC uses them exclusively; our photographer had been there before and loved the site; and the recommended liquor store gave us a 25% discount for being referred by FC. The only downsides were a) it sometimes took a little while to get questions answered by the owners before the wedding, although it was understandable because they travel often; b) tons of mosquitoes after dark; and c) gunshots from the nearby shooting range. We were aware of any other potential areas of confusion in advance, thanks to the clarity of the contract and website, and the meet-and-greet we had with the owners before making a decision! In the end, it was exactly what we envisioned and more for our wedding.

    Sent on 08/02/2015
  • J

    Jeff · Married on 05/30/2015

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    Friendly Crossways was absolutely excellent, a perfect mix of elegance and casual comfort. The area is beautiful, perfect for photographs. There are many outdoor venues around Boston, but they typically include various strict restrictions and time frames. Mary worked with us to create a wedding that truly matched our vision, and was open to numerous ideas and suggestions. Better still was the fact that renting the entire venue for the weekend was easy, which allowed us to continue our celebration well into the night. The atmosphere creates an immediate familiarity, and we felt as though we were friends, not customers.

    Sent on 06/01/2015
  • D

    D · Married on 06/22/2013

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I have only good things to say about Friendly Crossways. My husband and I had a very low key, not very wedding-y wedding. Friendly Crossways was the perfect place for the vibe we were looking for. We could totally customize the feel of the weekend. And that's sort of the key word right there: "weekend." We rented out the whole site from Friday evening till Sunday evening: beautiful, simple grounds for the party and hostel/farmhouse for overnight accommodations for almost all of our guests! Our wedding boiled down to a fun backyard party with barbeque, lawn games, chill music, and most of our favorite people on earth. And best of all: the party could go all night. S'mores by the awesome stone firepit, followed by an after-party in the basement (aka "subterranean suite") - perfect for the young folks to continue partying while the family went to bed upstairs! It was great to be able to do our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, party, after-party, and (eventual) sleep all in the same relaxed location. Efficient, cost-effective, and exactly what we were looking for. Also, super close to the amazing Kimball Farm - perfect for day-after-wedding mini-golf and ice cream!

    Sent on 07/23/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, D. We love that you and your friends and family had fun exploring and using the whole property and its amenities (the fire circle IS awesome!) for your unique and lovely celebration.
  • R

    Reis · Married on 07/07/2012

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Amanda and I had an amazing wedding at Friendly Crossways. Mary Helan, Keith, and their son James did a wonderful job of helping to create a perfect day for us. The site is beautiful and the family is very responsive to your needs on your wedding day.

    Leading up to the wedding, there were a couple minor issues that caused us some stress. Mary was very responsive to our concerns. She was reassuring and acted to address these concerns and followed through. Nothing we were concerned about leading up to the event was any sort of issue on the day of the event.

    Mary's food is simply amazing. She is very talented and created a delicious vegetarian meal for us while catering to gluten and dairy allergies in our guests. There are many guests still raving about how good the food was, and several of these guests were initially disappointed that the food would not be a more traditional meat-based meal (though Mary does that too! - the vegetarian meal was our choice).

    Friendly Crossways was very responsive to needs we did not anticipate. For example, I was planning to play with my band on their stage near the fire circle after the reception had ended, not realizing that this area is not typically illuminated except for the fire itself and torches around the ground. I brought this to Keith, and he said he would take care of it, and he did. It was that easy.

    I highly recommend Friendly Crossways for your wedding or event. It's a beautiful place with a laid-back atmosphere. You can focus on your event and trust that the Turner family and their employees are taking care of your needs. Several guests want to return, and there have been talks in my family of making Friendly Crossways a family tradition of some sort. I know I would like to go back at some point!

    Sent on 08/06/2012

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thanks for your kind words and appreciation for the services that Keith and I provide. Each of the weddings at Friendly Crossways has been unique, and full of firsts--like our first garage band concert--and we are happy to be part of these wonderful celebrations.
  • S

    Shannon · Married on 06/28/2008

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Friendly Crossways is perfect for an alternative style wedding. It was perfect for my husband and I. We had several friends coming from all over the country and we really wanted to spend more time with them than just the few hours of the reception. At Friendly Crossways you rent the space for the weekend and it includes a number of rooms. The rooms vary in size from singles with a twin bed, doubles with two twin beds, some with full/queen size beds and larger rooms with many bunks. If needed you can fit over 50 people there. The beds all have homemade quilts on them and it is very cozy. There is also a large living room with several couches and a TV. The bathrooms are shared and some people were worried about this, but it was never a problem. There is also a large kitchen you can use while you are there and a giant dining room with several long tables. Our friends we able to come in Friday afternoon, stay at Friendly Crossways and we spent the entire weekend together until Sunday. Even though the location seems remote, it is quite convenient. It is near Route 2, Route 495 and the commuter rail from Boston. We had several guests arrive in Logan and take the commuter rail out. It is a short drive away so however was available from our party picked them up. The site is beautiful for those who love the outdoors! We had our ceremony in the field and a tent for the reception. Friendly Crossways suggest two vendors to work with for rental equipment. You can find the information on their website. We rented a tent, tables, chairs, dance floor etc. Friendly Crossways also provides catering services. During our stay there we hosted a Friday night rehearsal dinner on the outside porch and provided breakfast each day for our guests. The day after the wedding we had a large brunch catered by Mary Helan. She also catered our reception dinner, which was fabulous! Mary Helan was quite flexible in the planning. We decided on a buffet dinner, which even included vegan options for some of my guests. Some of the ingredients even came from the on-site vegetable garden. Many guests said it was the best wedding meal they had eaten. Mary Helan was available for questions at any time during the planning process. She was very helpful in our pre-wedding planning. She was so hospitable during the entire weekend! You can also bring in an outside catering, but I would suggest using Mary Helan. Her food was so fresh and delicious. She also provided serving staff, which was made up of all the neighborhood families. They were all so kind and helpful. We didn't have a videographer, but I believe her husband is available for hire if needed. She also has information on possible photographers if that information is needed. I had a family friend take my photos. The area around Friendly Crossways was beautiful for photos. My husband was a corn farmer in Africa and we had our wedding photo actually taken in the corn fields at Friendly Crossways! Overall we had a memorable wedding weekend. It was also affordable. We ended up spending less than what most people spend for the typical ceremony and reception that are over in a few hours. Our wedding festivities lasted from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and covered much more than the typical wedding. It was like a destination wedding but a short drive away from my home. If you are looking for the typical wedding, this isn't the place for you. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary that your guests will remember forever, than look into having it at Friendly Crossways!Friendly Crossways is perfect for an alternative style wedding. It was perfect for my husband and I. We had several friends coming from all over the country and we really wanted to spend more time with them than just the few hours of the reception. At Friendly Crossways you rent the space for the weekend and it includes a number of rooms. The rooms vary in size from singles with a twin bed, doubles with two twin beds, some with full/queen size beds and larger rooms with many bunks. If needed you can fit over 50 people there. The beds all have homemade quilts on them and it is very cozy. There is also a large living room with several couches and a TV. The bathrooms are shared and some people were worried about this, but it was never a problem. There is also a large kitchen you can use while you are there and a giant dining room with several long tables. Our friends we able to come in Friday afternoon, stay at Friendly Crossways and we spent the entire weekend together until Sunday. Even though the location seems remote, it is quite convenient. It is near Route 2, Route 495 and the commuter rail from Boston. We had several guests arrive in Logan and take the commuter rail out. It is a short drive away so however was available from our party picked them up. The site is beautiful for those who love the outdoors! We had our ceremony in the field and a tent for the reception. Friendly Crossways suggest two vendors to work with for rental equipment. You can find the information on their website. We rented a tent, tables, chairs, dance floor etc. Friendly Crossways also provides catering services. During our stay there we hosted a Friday night rehearsal dinner on the outside porch and provided breakfast each day for our guests. The day after the wedding we had a large brunch catered by Mary Helan. She also catered our reception dinner, which was fabulous! Mary Helan was quite flexible in the planning. We decided on a buffet dinner, which even included vegan options for some of my guests. Some of the ingredients even came from the on-site vegetable garden. Many guests said it was the best wedding meal they had eaten. Mary Helan was available for questions at any time during the planning process. She was very helpful in our pre-wedding planning. She was so hospitable during the entire weekend! You can also bring in an outside catering, but I would suggest using Mary Helan. Her food was so fresh and delicious. She also provided serving staff, which was made up of all the neighborhood families. They were all so kind and helpful. We didn't have a videographer, but I believe her husband is available for hire if needed. She also has information on possible photographers if that information is needed. I had a family friend take my photos. The area around Friendly Crossways was beautiful for photos. My husband was a corn farmer in Africa and we had our wedding photo actually taken in the corn fields at Friendly Crossways! Overall we had a memorable wedding weekend. It was also affordable. We ended up spending less than what most people spend for the typical ceremony and reception that are over in a few hours. Our wedding festivities lasted from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and covered much more than the typical wedding. It was like a destination wedding but a short drive away from my home. If you are looking for the typical wedding, this isn't the place for you. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary that your guests will remember forever, than look into having it at Friendly Crossways!

    Sent on 12/22/2009
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    Noah · Married on 08/18/2018

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    We had the most joyous and magical wedding-weekend at Friendly Crossways!! The property is incredibly beautify, the staff are professional and friendly, the food was absolutely delicious (as well as plentiful), and the farmhouse was perfect for having a two-day sleepover will all our friends!

    We really enjoyed the fire-pit on Friday night, having a jam session and eating smores. Their living room and downstairs "ping-pong room" provided super cozy atmospheres for hanging out after dinner. There were a lot of DIY elements of our wedding, and we couldn't have pulled off it with out a lot of help from friends. Do remember to bring plenty of bug-spray for all your guests. We made use of their kitchen to prepare lunch, and the staff were super helpful pointing things out for us. We went with Friendly Crossways for catering the reception and Sunday brunch loved every single bite! The blueberries were mouth watering.

    The best part of the venue was having all of our guests together under one roof and how the party smoothly continued after the reception. We got to spends so much quality time will all our loved ones and what more could you really want!

    Sent on 09/01/2018

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you, Noah, for the fab review and for choosing Friendly Crossways for your fun and beautiful wedding weekend.
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    Jamie · Married on 05/25/2013

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Mary Helen and Keith run a fabulous establishment. If you are looking for a relaxed, fun weekend for a wedding celebration, this is your one and only spot. There is ample space for guests to relax and gather in small or large groups. While the rooms (and bathrooms especially) are very rustic (sloping floors, a bit "camp-y" in feeling), the beds are all very comfortable, and the kitchen is well equipped. Mary Helen catered our Friday dinner for out of town guests and the food was great. She also ran the kitchen and set up the food that our guests brought for the pot luck reception. The base rental fee is the most reasonable you'll find, and even with all the "add on" costs, it was still an incredibly good value for what you get in terms of time and space.

    Sent on 06/24/2013

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your gracious review. Your celebration was one of those wonderful events where your and Marc's love, and the joy that your family and friends felt for you, made for a radiant weekend even though the weather was not fully cooperative! This season we changed our wedding package so that former optional services (add-ons), are incorporated into the base fee, making it still, we trust, an "incredibly good value."
  • K

    Katie · Married on 07/30/2016

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    I would send anyone to this venue. I highly highly recommend it.

    Value: The fact that we were able to book this venue for a whole weekend at the same price that other venues charged for 5 hours made this selection a no-brainer.

    Food: You have the option of using Mary as your caterer -- DO IT. Multiple people told me that they absolutely loved the food. She's very flexible, and she uses extremely fresh ingredients. When possible, she uses her own produce from her blueberry bushes, vegetable garden, apple trees, or honey. I especially loved her vegetarian entree - tomato and corn pie with a biscuit crust. Absolutely AMAZING.

    Accommodations: Many of my friends and nearly 100% of the wedding party opted to stay at the venue. This was fantastic because we didn't need to worry about people driving anywhere after the reception, instead they just walked into the house to sleep. This allowed for everyone to spend so much awesome, quality time together. While the beds are not luxury by any means, I would describe it as a cross between a camp vibe and a college dorm vibe. My husband and I were originally planning to stay in a cushy hotel after the reception, but we ended up staying at the venue because we just didn't want to leave our friends!

    I had my dream wedding at this venue. I could not be more thankful that I found this quirky little place. Thanks Keith and Mary!

    Sent on 08/16/2016

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Katie, thank you so very much for your wonderful review, your enthusiasm and appreciation of the unique opportunity to have quantity as well as quality time with your friends and family who came from celebrate with you and your husband, and most especially for honoring and entrusting us with your very special weekend.
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    Matthew · Married on 09/04/2011

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for. Mary Helan and everyone at Friendly Crossways did an amazing job! Thank you so much!

    Sent on 10/29/2011

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you! Providing services for your intimate celebration was as much fun as it is for our larger events and we are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to do that. Our serving staff still talks happily about the chocolate fountain that topped off your reception!
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    Carolyn · Married on 07/09/2011

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Mary Helan and Keith, the owners of Friendly Crossways worked with us for about a year prior to our wedding weekend to develop the details. They were always willing to meet and were in touch with us regularly as our plans developed. From our very first visit, we fell in love with the relaxed atmosphere, the opportunity for guests to stay at the center, and the beautiful grounds surrounding the farmhouse. The only thing we were concerned about were the shots we heard somewhere nearby which turned out to be a shooting range. Mary Helan assured us that she would talk with them about not shooting during our ceremony, and I'm happy to say I didn't hear a single shot all afternoon during our outdoor ceremony or reception. We loved having our rehearsal dinner, afternoon Saturday wedding and Sunday morning brunch right there at the center. Everyone that stayed said they were comfortable. We loved the area on the grounds where we had our ceremony. If you are looking for a special place to have an outdoor wedding, we recommend Friendly Crossways! We will forever have fond memories of our wedding weekend!

    Sent on 08/24/2011
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    Lisa · Married on 10/10/2015

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    Weddings are expensive! Put your money into a small,deserving, family owned business. This is a unique venue. You are able to make this venue your own for a weekend. Your wedding can be as traditional or funky as you are. Fun and rustic accommodations, beautiful outdoor setting, delicious food, welcome atmosphere, sweet host/hostess. Too much to say, check them out!

    Sent on 10/25/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thanks, Lisa. It was wonderful to help your daughter's beautiful fall themed dream wedding come true!
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    Jen · Married on 06/04/2011

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Friendly Crossways is a great, unique spot to have your wedding. The grounds are beautiful for photographs; and the hostel is a great spot to bunch up with all your friends.

    For our wedding, my husband and I rented a tent from Special Events of New England, who know the owners pretty well. We were able to create the reception we wanted, while also taking advantage of the grounds for the whole weekend.

    We used the hostel for the rehearsal dinner, reception (with outside caterers) and the brunch (with Mary Helan catering) - and we had about 35 guests stay over both nights. It was wonderful because it allowed us to spend the whole weekend with our friends and families and not just one day. Mary Helan and Keith did a wonderful job welcoming us to their hostel, and making us feel like it was our for the weekend. There was no time limit on how late our friends stayed up, and we were allowed to start setting up our tent on thursday (even though we only rented it from friday to sunday.

    All in all, it was a great place to spend a wonderful weekend and celebrate our wedding! And def. worth the price (although pay attention to the seperate fees like cleaning, trash, extra guests because it can get kind of confusing!).

    Jenn and Tom

    Sent on 06/30/2011
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    Cassie · Married on 08/21/2010

    4.2
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    FC was a great wedding venue. The space was exactly what we were looking for. Perfect for our clambake, summer-camp-yet-still-classy weekend wedding, however if your wedding dreams include china and white gloved table service, this is likely not the venue for you. Our friends and family had a wonderful time - people are still talking about what a great weekend it was. The accommodations were comfortable, though not entirely private. My one piece of advice - do your best to ensure that one of the two property owners (Mary and Keith) will be around during your event. The support staff was very friendly, but a little lacking in social skills and a "lets-make-it-happen" attitude (both of which I find extremely important when it comes to T-minus-1 day till the Big Day).

    When all was said and done, I was happy, my husband was happy, our families were happy and everyone was sore from dancing the night away - the mark of a great wedding.

    Sent on 01/06/2011
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    Kirsten · Married on 07/11/2009

    4.2
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Friendly Crossways is a unique wedding site. For a fairly low cost, you can spend the weekend there and many guests can stay in private or shared rooms. Although a bit more quirky than a bed and breakfast, this site is great for a couple looking for a place that lets you plan the weekend exactly as you want - there are not rules about timing, minimum number of guests etc. There is a fire pit for a bonfire and the staff can cater any meal or you can cook in their kitchen or have an outside caterer.

    Sent on 07/31/2009
  • User6025080 · 2+ years ago

    4.0
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      3.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      3.5

    I highly recommend using Friendly Crossways for your wedding. It saves all of the trouble of finding separate services and does almost everything you need in one place, with one contact. I know Mary has her hands full with a lot of weddings, but I did find that she was not quick to respond at times. We only had one hiccup: salad was served when I had previously cancelled that course due to time/ we had a lot of apps. Her cooking was spot on though. The guests were all raving about the food and it made us feel so happy, being that we both work in restaurants.
    The space is beautiful and would be spring through fall. The house is very nice with a ton of rooms (no A/C). It was great for all of the guests to be able to hang out through out the weekend in the common spaces. For our rehearsal dinner we got to have a home-cooked BBQ meal with everyone which felt just like we were at home. And it was key to have the place for the entire weekend.
    Overall, if you want a quaint, family oriented and picturesque New England wedding, this is the place!

    Sent on 12/05/2015

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for recommending Friendly Crossways. I regret that you felt that response rate was not always quick enough, but as part of my New Year's resolutions I shall strive to do better as all our couples are definitely unique and precious to us.
  • User4347079 · 2+ years ago

    4.0
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      3.5
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    The venue is beautiful and relaxing, and the catering was delicious! It was especially nice having the grounds for the entire weekend to enjoy time with family and friends. It was just the fun and relaxed vibe we wanted for our wedding, though we did have to do a lot of the set up, prep, and clean-up work ourselves. But we had expected and prepared for that, and had a large group of friends and family willing to help.
    The staff was friendly and helpful with everything in their jurisdiction. We were, however, surprised that many of the hostel rules (such as sleeping requirements, drinking/eating, and general rules of the grounds that seemed more appropriate for young and rowdy patrons paying much less per night) applied to our party of very respectable and well-behaved adults when we had paid a good deal to rent use of the property for the weekend. Just make sure you read all the fine print in your rental and catering contracts, and be aware that all listed rules, as silly as they may seem, will be enforced. And all extra little fees that can possibly be applied certainly will be...
    But overall a beautiful place and we're very happy with our experience there! Will definitely recommend to others!

    Sent on 08/24/2014

    Friendly Crossways's reply:

    Thank you for your compliments and thoughtful comments. We try to be as flexible as we can for groups who have exclusive usage of the property for a whole weekend, (while adhering to town ordinances of course) and regret that you feel that flexibility was not fully extended in your experience. I will communicate with staff to make sure we're all on the same page in the future.