so option 1: the green farm barn at denver botanic gardens at chatfield.
super cute right? this site has limited availability in the fall due to other events so we'd be looking at a friday evening wedding. it has a bathroom and a sink inside and not much else, but you do get the outdoor patio plus the lawn areas. they also provide a wedding package for $1300 that gives you this as well.
the polly steel nature center which is a cute little farmhouse that they suggest for your getting ready giggly girls area. full kitchen for warming up things, keep coats and bags in here, another bathroom.
this is the first place i thought of since it's close to the house, and we worked out a down home, country farm theme. potluck reception, picnic blankets on the lawn, fiddlers, drinking tea out of mason jars. bonus is that the corn maze is going on to offer some fun and games for attendees. so a bit pricey but a lot of fun. i like this idea because the fiancee and i come from country farm backgrounds and it's a bit of a homage to our roots. i also love the casual, relaxed aspect of it. the fiancee doesn't mind the cost so much as he knows i am trying to be very budget conscious, but i still cringe at the price tag, espicially when i start adding up all the other things that go into the wedding. my wedding coordinator/gay husband tells me that even with our pie in the sky plans, we are still having a wedding well under normal costs.
so, that's option 1. more to come and as always, comments are appreciated.