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This Rustic-Chic Outdoor Wedding Venue Near Boston is Beyond Beautiful with So Much to Offer!

We partnered up with Friendly Crossways for this post!

Introducing a Fairy-Tale Wedding Venue

Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Under the Trees
Gina Brocker

Honestly, how breathtaking is this scene? We are in love! It's so beautiful. We can just imagine what it's like to walk down this aisle, surrounded by the countryside. Guess what? This is just ONE option for a ceremony setup! Yes, they have more areas to choose from!

Type of Venue

Forest, Garden, Farm, Barn

We Like to Describe this Venue As

Welcoming, Relaxed, Unexpected, Rustic-Chic, Flexible, Green, Natural, Laid Back

Our Thoughts

We think you're going to honestly be swooning for this outdoor wedding venue when you see it. If you're looking for something unique, you must tour Friendly Crossways as soon as possible. This venue has so much to offer, they truly have everything you need for the perfect celebration of your best day ever! Friendly Crossways is a rustic-chic destination outdoor wedding venue with on-site lodging in their renovated dairy barn. Located in the countryside, only 30-miles west of downtown Boston, they provide couples the flexibility and support to bring their wedding vision to life, as well as the gift of time to relax and enjoy an entire weekend of joyful celebration with friends and family. Visit their website for so many more details than we can cover in this blog post!

Let’s Get Started Exploring this Beautiful Venue in Massachusetts!


Outdoor Weddings

All of the packages by Friendly Crossways include exclusive use of the 25-acre property, a spacious getting-ready suite, many outdoor ceremony locations, and a rustic woodland setting for your timeless photos. Overnight packages include use of their magical fire circle and lodging for 25 people. Yes, they have accommodations! See, we said they offer everything you need! There won't be a need to rush all of your wedding festivities into one day, you can spread it out over a wedding weekend! Click Here for more info on outdoor weddings.

Delicious On-Site Catering

We all know everyone loves the food at a wedding. Well, you're in luck because this venue offers some incredible onsite catering. The Friendly Crossways caterers of choice have been selected as the exclusive providers of catering service for reception meals and have demonstrated their excellence in both food preparation and presentation. Other reception meal choices include lobster boils or a champagne brunch with made to order omelet stations. We are also available to cater your farm-to-fork rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch. Click here for more information about delicious homemade pies and catering!

Wedding Tent Lit up at Night
Jayna Cowal Photo

Friendly Crossways Offers & Perks

  • Exclusive Use of the Venue for the Duration of Your Event

  • Outdoor Ceremony/Cocktail Site Options

  • Getting Ready Rooms

  • Indoor Dining Space with Exposed Barn Beams for Intimate Events

  • Spacious Lush Lawn for Tented Reception

  • Renovated Barn with Lodging for 25+

  • Magical Fire Circle

  • After-Party Ping Pong Room

  • Indoor & Outdoor Spaces for Rehearsal Dinner (including tables & chairs)

  • Self-Cater or On-Site Caterer Brunch

  • All-Inclusive Packages

  • BYOB - Beer and Wine only

  • Homemade Pies with Fruit from our Organic Garden

  • Lawn Games

  • Onsite Kitchen for Self-Catering

  • Unlimited Photo Opportunities!!

Minimum and Maximum Capacity


View Friendly Crossway's Photo Gallery Here.

Friendly Crossways FAQ

How does catering work?

For intimate celebrations with up to 40 guests, Friendly Crossways offers in-house catering with Chef-Owner Mary Helan. For larger events, couples work directly with one of our exclusive partners, Chef Geoff and Chef Paul, who both lead their own experienced and excellent wedding and event catering businesses. For overnight/weekend packages, couples can self-cater rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches or hire Chef Mary Helan. Homemade pies are available for all events!

How do decorations work?

Our lush outdoor spaces provide plenty of natural beauty for the ceremony. Couples are welcome to bring, set up and take down additional décor to accentuate that beauty. Our weekend wedding package allows loads of time for prep and set up ahead of the ceremony and reception.

What is the rain plan?

Currently a tent is required for events with dancing, or with more than 50 people. The tent package is not included in the venue rental. In the unlikely event of rain, the tent provides a gathering space for the ceremony. For intimate events, the “cathedral hall” in the renovated barn is an elegant ceremony site and we have renovated the carriage house into a welcoming dining space with exposed beams and real farm tables.

A Note from the Owner!

I’m a second generation chef-owner of Friendly Crossways. My fiancé, Keith, (now husband for more than three decades) and I were living in Hawaii where we got married. We experienced the joy of having friends and family join us from all over the world to create an intentional community for a full week of pre- and post-wedding events. When we took over Friendly Crossways from my parents, we first concentrated on upgrading everything, indoors and out. We then expanded Friendly Crossways' multi-year legacy of providing joyful individualized service to include wedding couples as well as retreat groups.


How to Contact Friendly Crossways:

Friendly Crossways

247 Littleton County Road Harvard, MA 01451 (978) 456-9386 Submit Inquiry Online


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