Central Massachusetts



Once the summer of an accomplished political scientists and professor, Farandnear is not just a natural preserve, but also a gorgeous venue for soon-to-be-wed couples. Lending a feeling of peace and seclusion to every event, this stunning location is sure to impress guests. Exchange your most sacred vows on the park-like grounds, whether you are saying your “I do’s” within the conifer tree arboretum or beneath the shade of hemlocks in the nearby grove. The melodic sound of bird calls, from the black-capped chickadees to the barred owls, will provide a one-of-a-kind soundtrack for your big day. The property’s lush wooded trails, cranberry bog remnants, and flourishing fields of wildflowers provide picturesque backdrops that are ideal for unforgettable wedding photos. Donated by the generous Banks family and painstakingly maintained by the Trustees of Reservations, this beautiful property allows couples to begin their lives together embraced by unrivaled natural landscapes and loved ones.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 175 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 300 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 9:30PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $7,500 for a reception and ceremony and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The basic wedding package includes the amenities for your event; however, the venue can offer an upgraded package option. Please inquire for more details and pricing. The venue rental fee includes the following: fully-plumbed restrooms, pavilion with stone fireplace, use of wedding site and reception area, all rental items (choice of rectangle or circle tables, standard linens, silverware, glassware, padded garden chairs, dance floor, bar, white high top tent, shuttle service, lighting). The meal is excluded from the rental fee and ranges from $29 to $38 per person. The cocktail hour includes stationary hors d'oeuvres of artisan cheeses, vegetable crudite' and fruit assortment with a variety of crackers and dip, choice of 3 Passed Hors d'oeuvres, wedding cake from Aunty Ellen's award-winning bakery, 5 hour reception and a wedding coordinator.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Farandnear is estimated at between $16,676 and $18,593 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot
Chair covers

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Exclusive caterer for venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 9:30PM
No confetti