A couple more places for you to check out:
1. The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park http://www.thebarnatemp.com/
This is really cool–they took 5 barns and mashed them together into one barn, with stained glass windows and an upstairs loft. It sits on 2000 acres or so, most of which is an animal preserve. They also have a buffalo herd. The ‘catch’ if you call it that is that it’s also a cemetary, and the cemetary is right next to the barn….in the same way that a cemetary is next to the church in older churches. Less than $2K to rent.
2. Chief Hosa is owned by either JeffCo or Denver, I think it’s a Denver Mtn Park, so it’s very reasonably priced. We looked at it, the downside was that although it overlooks the Rockies, it also overlooks I-70. Depends on how much time you want to spend outside.
3. Definitely check out the Boettcher Mansion—again, owned by Jeffco, I think, and suprisingly reasonably priced. Beautfiul old arts&craft mansion on top of Lookout Mtn in Golden.
4. We are getting married at the Red Barn Group Picnic Area in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, outside of Golden. It’s $200 for the site, which is locked and off-limits unless you have a reservation. You also have to pay for the daily park passes ($6/car) for your guests—I don’t mind, b/c I’d rather that my wedding rental money go to a good cause (a state park!) instead of a rental facility). It is well-insulated from other ‘public’ areas, so you shouldn’t have to worry about noise or crashers. We are getting married in the aspen grove, and right across a small creek are 2 barns filled with picnic tables. Glass bottles are allowed, but only 3.2% alcohol (although the rangers said they don’t really check unless you get rowdy). The biggest downside to this venue is that you have to be flexible on date, depending on when you’re hoping to get married. They only take reservations on the first monday in february, for the entire year, regardless of when you want it. We assembled a team of 5 people to call in, and lucked out and got our #2 choice date. If you want june, probably have to ‘compete’; other months, probably not as a big a deal. I met a woman who got married there in august, and she’d only called 2 months in advance. Be aware, though, that this is much more a ‘DIY’ wedding site—you have to bring in everything. We are having a catered picnic—they are bringing in grills, etc, and cooking cilantro tuna and teriyaki chicken. I figure you should match the food to what’s easy to make on site, and it will taste better!
5. Finally, there’s also the Meadows at Marshdale. http://www.meadowsatmarshdale.com/ Was also pretty reasonable, another old barn turned event center. Seating for 100 or so on the main level, buffet on the porch, and outside bar area, and dancing downstairs. Also a separate outdoor ceremony area (an extra $400 to use). I think the barn, without the outdoor site, was around $1800.
Good luck!!! Feel free to PM me if you want more info!