Going the end of September weather should be perfect, My son will be joining me so I don't get stuck with a less than perfect partner. We are close enough we can drive up the day of the dinner and reception, do the driving day and head home the following day. Just a easy 6 to 7 hour drive. IMHO you can't beat living in the SW. Wife will tag along and stay with our Niece who is close by. Cheap enough two night stay, meals and gas!!