One way of using WordPress is as a cost-effective "design shortcut" using the WordPress themes marketplace. I'll take a theme, based on careful research, and customise it for you. This builds on the theme's design and a website can be designed and built relatively quickly.
Of course, it's not a completely unique and bespoke design but it may be appropriate if you only have a budget for a few days work.
These StudioPress Themes are some of the best that I've found.