Many times the guests are from outside places and do not know your area well. The church or any other main location which is large enough for having the reception on its campus is a great option.
Another alternative is having the reception location nearby to your main location. You don’t want guests to drive for more than a few minutes. Including maps to guide the guests to the reception within your invitations or at the main wedding location helps things.
You should get quotes from various locations to get the best deal in your budget.
Similar locations giving similar services can differ in price with difference of hundreds of dollars against each other. Also you should get feedback from your friends, wedding planner, and family about locations about which you don’t know.