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Friendly Crossways

Harvard , MA
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LOCATION

247 Littleton County Road
Harvard, MA 01451 US (map)

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978-456-9386

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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and celebration! If you're looking for a relaxed, country wedding venue (only 30 miles outside of Boston) we encourage you to consider Friendly... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and celebration! If you're looking for a relaxed, country wedding venue (only 30 miles outside of Boston) we encourage you to consider Friendly Crossways Retreat Center. With 25 acres of lawn, woods and fields, there's plenty of space for your family members to reunite and for your guests to meet, mingle and make your wedding ceremony and celebration a truly memorable one. There have been "do-it-yourself" and "green" weddings at Friendly Crossways for over 60 years!

Only two available weekends remain in our 2017 outdoor wedding season, and we'll begin taking reservations for our 2018 season in January 2017.

You can reserve exclusive use of our 25-acre property for up to 48 hours for a flat fee. This gives you access to the grounds with lots of options for unique, romantic ceremony settings including in a wooded glade surrounded by towering pine trees, on a lovely green lawn bordered by stone walls and perennial flower beds, or under a maple tree in full fall foliage. You also get to use the dining hall, meeting space, and the kitchen for non-reception meals. Up to 72 guests can be seated indoors for a sit-down meal, and as many as 150 guests under a beautiful, romantic tent, which can be provided by an outside vendor. Bonus: you get to decorate the tent to fit your wedding fantasies. And, to wind down after the rehearsal dinner or reception, we have a fabulous fire circle!

The base fee also includes accommodations for up to 35 people at our beautiful country inn. We can accommodate as many as 60 guests overnight in a variety of room types.

We also provide on-site catering and our chef will work closely with you to select and prepare a menu that reflects your favorite dishes. We provide fresh, beautifully presented, delicious food from champagne brunches to buffets to bbqs for all eating preferences from omnivores to vegetarians to vegans. We use local produce as much as possible. How local? The chef's organic garden is about 300 yards from the kitchen, and she has won 'Best of Show' and blue ribbons for her vegetables, fruit, herbs and honey for many years at the local agricultural fair.

If you prefer, your friends and family may use our commercial kitchen to prepare the reception food for you, or you may also provide your own outside caterer if you wish.

We look forward to meeting with you and helping to make your wedding celebration a memorable one. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Farm, Inn / B&B, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s)
What bar services do you provide?
Outside Alcohol OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
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!
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 Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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.
Our wedding weekend could not have been a more wonderful experience, and we have Friendly Crossways in large part to thank Read more...
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. Read less
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Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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.
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Julie
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
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
We are SO happy that we found Friendly Crossways for our July wedding! It was a magical weekend (complete with a double Read more...
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 Read less
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Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
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!
Having our wedding at Friendly Crossways made for a seamless, authentic, and welcoming weekend for us and all of our Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
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!
We had our wedding last month at Friendly Crossways, and it really was the perfect venue for us. It was very important to Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
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!
We had our wedding at Friendly Crossways last August and it was nothing short of fabulous! Friendly Crossways helped us Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
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!
My husband and I LOVED Friendly Crossways, and so did all our guests. It was the perfect setting for our laid back and Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue, Videography
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
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!
Friendly Crossways was the PERFECT venue for our wedding. We wanted a spot that would let us have a welcoming, Read more...
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! Read less
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Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
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.
Friendly Crossways is absolute perfection. We had the most glorious wedding weekend that we could have possibly imagined. Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
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!
Mary and all her staff made our wedding weekend unforgettable! She went above and beyond; she even cooked a Venezuelan Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Friendly Crossways responded with the following comments:

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!

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