I rented my decor outside the resort for the reception. That was only because I wanted something different and that's not to say the resort couldn't have done it for me. But just the way I am personality wise, I wanted it taken care of before hand. I have attached a photo of my decor.
The girls will keep your date until you put your deposit down, so don't worry about that. I totally understand its hard to put faith in one of the most important days of your life, but it all works out the way it is suppose to in the end. And also, remember, the day is about your marriage, not about the minor details no one notices but the bride.